Tuesday, December 31, 2013

East Boston Malden Youth Hockey Weekly Round Up #11

As 2013 comes to a close we want to thank all of our players, families, and fans who made this year so great. 2014 will be even better! Don’t forget the new session of our Learn-to-Skate and Play Hockey classes begin on January 12th. See our website for details.

SQUIRT (9-10 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 2, Needham 3
Simoni Rink, Cambridge

PEEWEE (11-12 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 3, Waltham 3
Ice Palace, Burlington

In a weird one which included an already short bench losing two players mid game due to the flu, the M.E.B. Mustangs skated to a tie. Waltham got up early on the Mustangs despite the aggressive play from M.E.B. The penalty box door may need new hinges at the Ice Palace after the Mustangs played short-handed for most of the first two periods. At the end of 2 it was Waltham up by three goals. The M.E.B. Peewees found their stride half way through the third when Marc Giordano found the back of the net to make it 1-3. A deflected puck minutes later in front of the Waltham net touched not only the stick of Giordano but Sean Noonan and Ryan Gray to bring the Mustangs within 1. Gray wasn’t finished yet as he lit the lamp with 3:00 remaining in the 3rd and that’s how it ended, tied 3-3.

BANTAM AA (13-14 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 2, Nashoba 6
Valley Rink, Haverhill MA

M.E.B. traveled North to take on Nashoba. The Mustangs got on the board first with a goal by Ryan Tosto.  Nashoba responded quickly by scoring three unanswered goals. The first period ended with Nashoba leading 3-1. The second period started off with Michael Giordano crossing the blueline into the Nashoba zone and beating the Nashoba goaltender with a beautiful wrist shot high on the stick side, cutting the deficit to one.  Nashoba responded once again by scoring two goals in the second period and increasing its lead to 5-2 after 2. Nashoba added another goal in the 3rd period for a final score of 6-2. 

Malden/East Boston 2, Concord, NH 5
Valley Rink, Haverhill MA

The Mustangs were once again in Haverhill to take on Concord, NH. M.E.B. got on the board first with a goal by Michael Giordano off of a beautiful feed from Curtis Taddeo. The 1st period ended with the Mustangs in front 1-0. Concord got on the board with a goal early in the second period to tie the game.  The Mustangs answered that goal midway through the period when Marty Taylor beat the Concord netminder after a nice drop pass from Taddeo. The 2nd period ended with the Mustangs in front by a score of 2-1. A penalty-filled third period saw Concord with the man advantage throughout most of the period. Concord capitalized on their opportunities by scoring 4 unanswered goals and taking a 5-2 victory.

BANTAM AAA (13-14 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 7, Waltham 0
Veterans Rink, Waltham MA

Malden/East Boston 2, Arlington 4
Allied Rink, Everett MA
MIDGET (15-18 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 6, Reading 2
Valley Rink, Malden MA

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Rep. Basile reports on the state legislature's accomplishments

Focuses on Fiscal Management and Economic Growth through Investments in Transportation, Education, Reforms to Welfare System 

(BOSTON) – State Representative Carlo P. Basile joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in reviewing recent session accomplishments as the Legislature prepares for the 2014 session. 

As of November 27, 2013, the House passed major legislation pertaining to economic development, transportation, education, welfare, compounding pharmacies, and election laws. 

 "This year, through strategic investments and reforms, we positioned the Commonwealth for even greater growth as we continue to strengthen our economy," House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said. "I'm proud of the work we’ve done to support our citizens and municipalities, and believe the legislation we’ve passed this session will improve the lives of people across Massachusetts." 

"I am very proud of the work my colleagues and I have accomplished in this session. We have strived to support the people of the Commonwealth and have ensured that Massachusetts will continue to be successful in the years to come." Carlo P. Basile (D – East Boston) House Chairman of the Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs said. 

 "What was passed is a reaffirmation of our commitment to bolstering the economy, improving our education system, and properly serving our veterans." 

 This session the House passed two major finance bills, the FY14 budget and the transportation finance bill, both of which are designed to stimulate economic growth. The FY14 budget, a $34 billion plan, allocates essential funds that advance the growth of the local economy and support the Commonwealth’s essential services and programs, including local aid, education, housing and health and human services. 

 In addition to funding essential services, the budget prioritizes education-related items, including increased Chapter 70 funds. It takes decisive action to bolster funding for the University of Massachusetts, state universities and community colleges, including a $478.9 million allocation for UMass that will prevent tuition and fee increases in the upcoming school year. The House is committed to again working toward this goal in fiscal year 2015.This focus underscores Massachusetts’ ongoing commitment to strengthen our education system as a means to create jobs and provide residents with a competitive edge. 

This year’s budget also provided new funding and resources for various programs enacted through the 2012 economic development legislation, including the Manufacturing Futures Program and the Mass Works Infrastructure Program, to foster job creation for employees of all skill levels across numerous industries. The transportation finance bill, passed in August, is designed to solve long-standing financial problems within the state’s transportation system through continued reforms and a future, stable funding source without placing too great a burden on working families. The bill continues on the promise of the 2009 transportation reform law by enhancing efficiency and accountability, providing revenue to initiate economic growth and supporting necessary infrastructure projects. 

Following the 2012 meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated drugs, Massachusetts became the first state to pass comprehensive legislation relative to compounding pharmacies. In October, the House unanimously voted on a bill that will help the Commonwealth better regulate the industry. This legislation addresses a previous lack of consistent standards, at both a state and federal level, governing the operations of specialty pharmacies engaged in sterile compounding by improving oversight, licensing and quality standards. 

Throughout the year the House renewed its dedication to the Commonwealth’s citizens and municipalities by providing for existing needs while preparing for the future through provisions like increased local aid and welfare reform. The Economic Independence Act enhances the efficacy of the state’s welfare system through new initiatives and reforms, including the Pathways to Self-Sufficiency program which provides numerous resources designed to help recipients achieve financial independence. 

The bill also builds on the House’s unyielding commitment to safeguarding the integrity of Massachusetts’ welfare system through new reform measures, including an expanded scope of prohibited actions to include foreign transmittal agencies, and increased resources for the Department of Transitional Assistance. These measures follow electronic benefit card reforms made in the FY13 budget and two subsequent supplementary budgets, passed in July and October, respectively. 

In the midst of the federal government shutdown the October finance legislation allocated additional and immediate funds for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, an indication of Massachusetts’ government’s ongoing commitment to working together. Aware of the difficult circumstance some families face, the House passed legislation and enacted numerous provisions to help residents secure safe and stable housing including a $1.4 housing bond bill which modernizes public housing and allows for home modification for elderly or disabled homeowners. 

This fall the House passed two bills related to the military and veterans. Veterans affairs are a major priority for the House and because of this, Massachusetts is consistently ranked among the top state for veterans. The 2013 VALOR Act builds on existing legislation to provide increased property tax relief and enhance employment, educational and healthcare support services. The House also passed a military bond bill which funds projects at military installations around the state. Other session accomplishments include: 

  • Approval of election legislation that establishes early voting for presidential elections and provides resources to local officials and residents to make the voting process more efficient. This bill is expected to significantly decrease wait times on Election Day and allow greater access to voting; 
  • Increased the maximum penalty for corporate manslaughter from $1,000 to $250,000; 
  • Passed legislation to ensure that students with disabilities have Individualized Education Plans (IEP) that includes short-term objectives and benchmarks. The inclusion of short-term goals in a student’s IEP is important in order to measure the impact of special education instruction and services; 
  • Expanded efforts to require national background checks through fingerprinting of teachers, daycare providers, and persons living or working on facility premises. The new law, which stemmed from the Federal Bureau of Investigation recommendations, also requires address-based sex offender checks of early education and care facilities; and the 
  • Creation of another August sales tax holiday in an effort to boost sales for local businesses.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Week 9: East Boston Youth Hockey Wrap-up

It was another great week of M.E.B. Youth Hockey. Don’t forget the new session of our Learn-to-Skate and Play Hockey classes begin on January 12th and make a great Christmas gift. See our website for details.

Mite K (5-8 Years Old) 
Malden/East Boston 5, Agawam 7 Kasabuski Arena, Saugus MA Jake Simpson had a pair of goals, with Chris Cecca, Chris Hanifan, and Lukas Deguire each adding a goal apiece. Chad Robertson invoked images of the 1980 version of Jim Craig making many spectacular saves. The MVP's of this game have to be the Moms and Dads that shoveled heavy, wet snow to get the little guys to the rink.  

SQUIRT (9-10 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 2, Masco 1 Kasabuski Arena, Saugus MA 

BANTAM AA (13-14 Years Old)
Malden/East Boston 3, Lexington/Bedford 0 Valley Rink, Malden MA Thomas Guarino logged a shutout as the Bantam AA’s hold onto a piece of 1st place.  

BANTAM AAA (13-14 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 5, Needham 0 Simoni Rink, Cambridge A big W Saturday night for the M.E.B. Bantam AAA's as they faced Needham. Pucks weren't bouncing M.E.B.’s way until Needham committed an infraction and put the M.E.B. boys on the man advantage. That's when Ryan Noonan opened the scoring, banging in a rebound off a Nick Miller shot. It would take a buzzer and a new period before the scoring would pick up again when Noonan introduced the puck to the upstairs of the opposing net for his second of the night. Not to be outdone, Louis Staffieri wanted to add some sound to his goal clanking it off the post and in to put M.E.B. up by three. Entering the 3rd, the boys didn't let up as Ryan Noonan and Nick Salgado demonstrated the fine art of tic-tac-toe passing, putting on a clinic through the offensive zone, moving the goalie like he was playing Dance Dance Revolution and Salgado throwing the puck into an open net, for a four point lead. With the game winding down, the gritty Mike DeFillipo worked himself another goal sneaking one in on the short side to cap off a commanding 5-0 win and another shutout for goaltender Anthony Giuliano. Malden/East Boston 4, Lynnfield/Saugus 0 Valley Rink, Malden 

At the Malden Valley Forum, M.E.B. battled a strong Lynnfield/Saugus team. The 1st period showed a physical, back and forth game with few scoring chances for either team. When the 2nd period started the M.E.B. boys stepped it up with Noah Carlson unloading a wrist shot into the opposing net and put M.E.B up 1-0. Not long after Carlson once again let a shot from the point go, this time finding the stick of his twin brother Johna Carlson who tipped the shot into the net. With the period winding down, Nick Capillo finished off a Nick Salgado pass to add to the lead. The 3rd period continued to be a back and forth struggle but Anthony Giuliano was solid between the home team's pipes. Continued hard work paid off with Ryan Noonan tipping home a James Pandolfo shot, redirecting the biscuit into the short side and finalizing the game at 4-0. 

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

A vision for Suffolk Downs: Former Secretary of Transportation and Local Urban Development Experts Announce New Vision for Suffolk Downs Site

This just in from EastBoston2020:
Community group offers five guiding principles to Boston elected officials for development on Suffolk Downs site since casino was voted down

(BOSTON, Mass., Dec. 10, 2013) -- Led by former Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Jim Aloisi, a largely East Boston-based group of urban planners, architects, public infrastructure experts, and representatives of various community groups today released an alternative vision to the proposed casino at Suffolk Downs that was voted down as a result of the November 5 election.

The newly-formed group’s two-page guidance titled “Overarching Principles For Development in East Boston” outlines five principles by which all future significant development proposals in East Boston – and Suffolk Downs in particular – should be measured. The principles, including job creation, community inclusion and a transparent process, environmental impact, transit-oriented development, and economic feasibility, present a framework to ensure that this critical and unique site is developed in a way that enhances quality of life, job creation and return on investment for all residents of Boston and surrounding communities.

"Although Suffolk Downs is privately owned, it is supported by a highway and transit system owned and operated by the state and paid for by the taxpayers of Massachusetts," said Aloisi, a native of East Boston and whose parents still live in the neighborhood. "It is only fair and just that any major development on its grounds be thoroughly vetted by local citizenry and surrounding communities. We hope these principles, which express a positive and forward looking vision for the future of this site and community will be embraced by a broad spectrum of state and local decision makers."

As many real estate and other investment experts contend, the Suffolk Downs site offers a wealth of development possibilities beyond a casino. For example, Banker and Tradesman recently noted that "At a time when home and condo prices are soaring out of reach for middle class families in Boston, Suffolk's 110 or so Boston acres are a huge potential asset, ground zero for the Hub's next big mixed-use neighborhood of shops and homes." (1)

Desirable factors such as quick access to downtown Boston, Logan Airport and the emerging Innovation District in South Boston via the Blue Line and soon the Silver Line, as well as a shared economic center for the communities of East Boston, Revere and Winthrop make Suffolk Downs an exceptional candidate for a mix of housing and commercial development opportunities, according to the group. Also, the adjacent Belle Isle Marsh provides abundant green space and offers potential connections to the East Boston Greenway.

A full version of the  “Overarching Principles For Development in East Boston” can be found at  https://sites.google.com/site/eastboston2020/.  For more information, please contact east.boston.visioning@gmail.com

(1) Banker and Tradesman, "Forget Gambling: Suffolk Downs Has Mixed-Use Development Potential" Sunday, November 17, 2013 http://www.bankerandtradesman.com/news157396.html

Monday, December 9, 2013

Latest: No Eastie Casino Calls on Massachusetts Gaming Commission To Uphold Expanded Gaming Act and Declare Revere-Only Casino Illegal

Download the full PDF version of No Eastie Casino's comments  

In advance of the Commission's public meeting
BOSTON, Mass., Dec. 9, 2013 - Today, No Eastie Casino, a registered municipal ballot question committee organized to stop a casino at Suffolk Downs, again registered its disapproval with a plan to push forward with a Mohegan Sun casino on the Revere side of the track's property -- despite a clear "no" from 8,513 residents of Revere and East Boston in referendums on Nov. 5.

No Eastie Casino is joined by all of East Boston's elected officials and the editors of theBoston Globe in declaring the completely new plan for a Revere gaming license advanced by former applicant Suffolk Downs and the city of Revere as an affront to the letter, spirit, and clear intent of the 2011 Expanded Gaming Act. As stated in formal comments submitted to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, No Eastie Casino demands that the City of Revere and the applicants follow the law as written. Full public confidence in the casino licensing process requires nothing less.

"We believe that public confidence stands in imminent jeopardy of irreparable harm for as long as this Commission continues to consider the gaming establishment presently proposed for development in Revere in the absence of a new host community agreement and referendum, both of which are required by law," writes Matt Cameron, No Eastie Casino's general counsel, in the group's comments to the Commission.

The comments go on to lay out a thorough case for why the Commission must deny Mohegan Sun's request to move forward with casino plans on the Suffolk Downs property in Revere without a new host community agreement and vote. Countering the narrative put forth by officials from Revere, Suffolk Downs and Mohegan Sun -- essentially that the affirmative vote on Nov. 5 was a blank check for casino anywhere in the city -- No Eastie Casino asserts that the revised casino proposal bears no resemblance to the deal Revere officials negotiated and that voters approved. Suffolk Downs is no longer an applicant for the casino
license on its property, nor is horse racing directly tied to casino operations -- two assumptions voters heard repeatedly throughout Suffolk Downs' campaign leading up to the Nov. 5 referendum. 

"No one has voted on the plan that Mohegan Sun is presenting. The players, the project and the details have changed," said Celeste Myers, co-chair of No Eastie Casino. "We cannot assign votes to an entirely different project that the public has not considered."

Proof the Mohegan Sun Casino Proposal is Not What Revere Voters Approved on Nov. 5

As a supplement to its written comments, No Eastie Casino also submitted to the Commission a collection of video clips showing Revere and Suffolk Downs officials contradicting the narrative they've been telling of the casino proposal since the referendum. In one clip, dated Oct. 19, Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo is seen telling constituents that Suffolk Downs' plans called for "not one ounce" of construction within Revere city limits. Several video clips show Suffolk Downs Chief Operating Officer Chip Tuttle telling audiences prior to Nov. 5 that Suffolk Downs was the entity seeking a casino license, and "has been all along." And in another clip, Suffolk Downs co-owner Joseph O'Donnell, speaking the day the track signed its host community agreement with the City of Boston, appears to say the track would respect the decision East Boston voters make at the polls on Nov. 5.

"The community, East Boston, will make that decision," O'Donnell, the a co-owner at the track for more than 27 years, said at the City Hall press conference. "That's why they'll have an election, and that's a decision that's up to them. Far be it from me to tell them what they can do. We'll live with whatever that answer is."

Within minutes of word that East Boston had resoundingly voted down the Suffolk Downs casino plan, however, track officials were already talking to the press about plans to develop the casino on the Revere side of its property. But the law required that the proposal earn an affirmative vote in both communities to advance, and Myers said the democratic process may be at stake if the Commission chooses not to respect her neighborhood's vote. 

In addition to its legal analysis of a revised Mohegan Sun casino, No Eastie Casino in its written comments to the Commission also called on Chairman Stephen Crosby to recuse himself from any further deliberations or decisions pertaining to a casino in Eastern Massachusetts. Last week, the Boston Globe reported that Crosby had waited more than 10 months to disclose a decades-long personal and business connection to the co-owner of the Everett parcel where Steve Wynn has proposed a casino. Crosby also has admitted to being a longtime acquaintance of Suffolk Downs' O'Donnell, with whom he played football at Harvard.

In calling for Crosby to recuse himself from Region A casino deliberations, the group refers to a statute in the Massachusetts General Law that prohibits even the appearance of  impropriety or bias with regard to public officials.

"We believe it is imperative that Mr. Crosby comply with the terms of the conflicts law and make public a letter outlining in detail why no reasonable person can conclude that his participation meets the test of the law," No Eastie Casino's comment states. "That letter should be approved by his appointing authority, prior to his taking any further action on this matter."

The Gaming Commission will take up the issue of a Mohegan Sun casino in Revere at its meeting Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 1 p.m., in room 151 of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Casino opponents from Revere and East Boston will be present at the meeting, as will spokespeople from No Eastie Casino.

East Boston and Revere Clergy Call on Gaming Commission to Respect Nov. 5 ‘No’ Vote, Law in Revere Casino Decision

From Friends of East Boston:

A network of more than thirty ministers in East Boston are standing in solidarity with fellow clergy in Revere calling for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to adhere to the law regarding the outcome of the Nov. 5 referendum in East Boston and Revere.

On Tuesday, the Commission is expected to decide whether a proposal for a Revere-only casino can move forward without a new host community agreement and vote – despite a new applicant, a new location, and a definitive “no” vote in East Boston on Nov. 5.

In a letter and press conference Monday morning, the group says the Suffolk Downs casino proposal was officially ruled dead when East Boston voters struck it down.

"On Nov. 5, a total of 7,637 East Boston citizens voted, and of those, 4,283 voted ‘no’ to that ballot question," the group wrote in a letter to be submitted to the Gaming Commission Monday morning.   "Elected officials from Revere and officials from Suffolk Racecourse, LLC are attempting to deny the clear intent of the Boston Host Community Agreement and the East Boston ballot question and ultimately subvert the very democratic process that has been foundational for our Commonwealth.  We call upon the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to recognize the truth that this proposal was never about a casino in East Boston or Revere."

A joint press conference organized by ministers in East Boston and Revere – representing multiple faith traditions and ethnic heritages – will be held on Monday, December 9, at Tabernaculo Evangelico de las Asambleas de Dios, 957 Broadway, Revere, at 11 a.m.

"What the Mass Gaming Commission appears poised to do is an absolute outrage,” says Rev. Dr. David Searles of Central Assembly of God in East Boston, "and we will not stand by idly while our community is assaulted by this illegal proposal and the ideals of democracy are threatened by powerful interest groups."

For media inquiries, attend the press conference Monday or contact Trent Sheppard at 816.719.8746,  friendsofeastboston@gmail.com, or at www.friendsofeastboston.com.


Letter to Be Submitted to Gaming Commission

09 December 2013

To the Members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission,

We are writing on behalf of the Friends of East Boston, a network of more than thirty local ministers who believe our community deserves better than a casino, and on behalf of other individuals and communities of faith in Revere who share that same vision.

On November 5 the people of East Boston exercised their rights as citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by voting on a host community agreement between the city of Boston and Sterling Suffolk Racecourse, LLC which is the owner of 161 acre parcel located in both East Boston and Revere.  The East Boston (Ward 1) ballot question said that “A NO VOTE from a majority of votes cast in this Ward referendum would prevent Sterling Suffolk Racecourse, LLC, from proceeding with its application to obtain a gaming license from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to operate a gaming establishment at the specified location.”  That specified location includes the property in both East Boston and Revere.   On Nov. 5, a total of 7,637 East Boston citizens voted, and of those, 4,283 voted “no” to that ballot question.

Senator Anthony Petruccelli, a casino proponent who represents East Boston and Revere and who helped write the law regarding the host community agreement, clearly agrees with this assessment.  He recently stated in a letter to the MGC that: “Only favorable referendum results in both host communities allow the applicant to proceed to Phase 2.  That did not happen with Sterling Suffolk's Project.  Because one host community voted in the negative, the Project proposed for Suffolk Downs is dead.”

Elected officials from Revere and officials from Suffolk Racecourse, LLC are attempting to deny the clear intent of the Boston Host Community Agreement and the East Boston ballot question and ultimately subvert the very democratic process that has been foundational for our Commonwealth.  We call upon the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to recognize the truth that this proposal was never about a casino in East Boston or Revere.  To accept the premise that this process includes an option of a casino in Revere only is to pretend that the Boston Host Community Agreement did not exist, that the East Boston ballot did not exist, and ultimately that the East Boston vote did not exist.  We call upon the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to do the right thing and deny the post November 5 proposal for a casino on the Revere only property of Sterling Suffolk Racecourse, LLC. 

A full list of East Boston and Revere signees – representing various faith traditions, ethnic heritages and congregations – will be available Monday.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey Wrap-up Week 7

December is here and it’s prime time for hockey. Don’t forget that the new session of our Learn-to-Skate and Play Hockey classes begin on January 12th and make a great Christmas gift. See our website for details.

Mite S (5-8 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 1, Stoneham 5
Stoneham Arena, Stoneham MA

Preston Tully made a great effort in net and Lucas Laverde scored his first youth hockey goal!

SQUIRT (9-10 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 4, Haverhill 5
Valley Forum, Malden MA

PEEWEE (11-12 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 2, Newton 6
Veterans Rink, Somerville MA

Malden/East Boston 2, Wakefield 7
Valley Forum, Malden MA

BANTAM AA (13-14 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 1, Belmont 1 
Cronin Rink, Revere MA

The Mustangs traveled to Revere on Saturday to take on the Belmont Bantam II team for a battle of first-place teams, in what turned out to be an exciting game. In the 1st period, both the Mustangs and Belmont played a physical game and both goaltenders made some key saves. The 2nd period continued to be a defensive struggle, but Belmont was able to get on the board with the first goal of the game and the period ended with Belmont leading by a score of 1-0.

The Mustangs got their legs and controlled play territorially throughout most of the 3rd period, but still could not find the back of the Belmont net. The Mustangs got called for a penalty with 1:31 remaining in the game.  Although they would end up having to finish the game shorthanded, they did not give up. With 47 seconds remaining in the game, Mike Giordano took a pass from John Spadafora, eluded two Belmont defenders, and beat the Belmont goaltender to tie the score at 1-1.  The game ended in dramatic fashion, as Belmont remained on the power play until time expired. Thomas Guarino made several key saves to earn the tie and help the Mustangs maintain a share of first place.

BANTAM AAA (13-14 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 1, Belmont 2 
Cronin Rink, Revere MA

The 1st period had the Belmont boys forcing a lot of work on the M.E.B. defense. M.E.B. gradually stretched the rink but had a tough time getting quality shots on net. With nothing on the board, the 2nd period saw much the same as the Mustangs couldn’t bring the finesse to the table. The mood changed a bit with Anthony Cecca banging in the opening goal and giving the Mustangs some jump with a 1 goal lead entering the 3rd. Belmont capitalized on some sloppy play resulting in the equalizing goal on a nice tic-tac-toe passing play by the opposition. This really brought the struggling home team down a notch and with minutes left to play, Belmont cut out into the front of the M.E.B. net untouched and banged home the game winning basket. This was the M.E.B. Bantam AAA’s 1st regular season loss. Great goaltending Anthony Giuliano who played despite being under the weather, making some big saves but no excuses for this loss.

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Meridian Street library plaque to be moved after all; victory for preservationists in East Boston!

Here's the latest on the plaque issue at the Bremen Street Library from Maddy McComiskey:
Just a happy note to let everyone know that Copley has consented to installing the Meridian St. Library Plaque in our beautiful new library as a momentous reminder of the fact that the first public branch library in the City of Boston and in fact the country was in East Boston. It is a great day for history and heritage of the Boston Public Library at the East Boston Branch Library. "It is a great time to be a Friend of the Library.
Earlier Christine Schonhart, Director of Branch Libraries for the BPL, wrote Maddy McComiskey of the East Boston Friends of the Libraries.
We have the plaque and I'm sure we can find a place for it at the new branch. I will ask our Facilities department to begin that process. It was certainly not a slight to the East Boston history, only that we had only discussed adding the Druker plaque to the quiet reading room and had not planned for the East Boston plaque. But we can make it happen in the quiet reading room...
Christine Schonart
Here's a picture of the plaque!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Patrons upset at the failure to move historic plaque from Meridian Street library to new one at Bremen Street

[Editor's note: The following letter was sent to the city of Boston's Public Library department by the East Boston Friends.]

I am writing you because I am troubled about the decision not to include the Meridian St. outdoor Plaque in the new library.  (I don't want to hear there wasn't any room.)

I was in the library looked around and was pleased the plaque from Orient Heights was installed prominently in the adult reading room.

Much to my chagrin after looking around at the entire library I realized the Meridian St. Plaque was not anywhere I could see.  I asked the librarians where it might be thinking perhaps it was on an outside wall.  I was told it was at Copley in the archives.  Really!

Over and Over this plaque was mentioned as something that should be installed at the new library.  I really do not remember who I myself spoke to about it.  All I know is it was mentioned.  From now on that will make me put everything in witting.

Anyway I feel that again the opportunity to promote the history and heritage of East Boston's legacy of being East Boston's first branch Library in the country has been put put in the archive at Copley.  That plaque distinctly mentions that the First Branch Library in the country was in East Boston.  I strongly feel the plaque should be retrieved and installed at the new library for generations of East Bostonians to be proud of.

I am writing this as a citizen of East Boston.  Believe me I am not the only one that feels this way. 

John Riberio, myself, and Susan Brauner would like to meet with you at your office or at the new library this coming Friday.  Let me know how that is for you.


Wrap up from latest meeting of the Friends of East Boston Library

[Editor's Note: The following is from  Maddy McComisey, President Friends of the Library East Boston Branch, a wrap up of its November 25th meeting.]

The Friends of the Library East Boston Branch met on Nov. 25th 2013.  We had a full agenda beginning with a request that the library implement ongoing programs presenting authors, music, culture and art for adults, teens and children.  A collaboration of local schools, dance studios, music venues (locally Zumix) playing out their art, music, writing poetry etc. Things mentioned by patrons was the desire to have many, many, many more books on the bare shelves.  Not only are the shelves bare they said, but it is hard to find books look for books because of the bending down.  It was requested something be done to heighten the existing book shelves and again more more more books.  Compared to the 65,000 available at the old libraries in East Boston, 18,000 or 20,000 books is  skimpy

Commenting on the library everyone agreed it was a beautiful building and state of the art and it will win a prize but commented the adult reading room is small.  Where are rest of the the paintings (FLK)? How come there aren't any young children's tables and chairs? And where are the local artists and schools going to display their work?  There isn't a good display system anywhere in the library.  A good quality permanent hardware system to hang and display exhibits could be installed throughout the library.  It wouldn't be nice to hammer nails to hang a display.

Friends of the Library need an ongoing book sale.  Friends needs this to help fund the $400.00 Zoo passes every year.  Patrons like to buy books on the cheep.  Who doesn't like a bargain?

The community needs a large bulletin board in the front of the building.  Our community likes to know what is going on.

These comments were put together from comments from patrons who have called, stopped us in the street, walked to our houses to let us know what they thought because they know we are affiliated with the library somehow.  Patrons have commented on what they see and would like to have fixed.

We ended the meeting with the Friends agreeing to contact the people in command to request these things be fixed or implemented as soon as possible

Friday, November 22, 2013

Friends of Meridian Street get no satisfaction as taxis avoid by-pass road

This just in from  Friends of Meridian Street:

Empty Logan Airport taxis continue and still a problem on East Boston public streets.

It's 4am and still a steady stream of empty Logan Airport taxis using Meridian Street and East Boston public streets to Chelsea instead of the multi- million dollar Coughlin Bypass Road build with taxpayers money built specifically to keep commercial traffic from Logan Airport off the public streets of East Boston. These words of Massport and Massachusetts Department of Transportation leaders have never been backed up and East Boston residents, families and children are still paying with their health, safety and maintenance.

After warnings from Massport officials:

“The opening of the Martin A. Coughlin Bypass Road marks a significant milestone in Massport’s commitment to minimize Logan Airport’s impact on our East Boston neighbors,” said Massport CEO Thomas Glynn. “Thousands of airport-related commercial vehicles will no longer use East Boston’s streets. Massport is proud to make Mr. Coughlin’s vision a reality for East Boston.”

“The Martin A. Coughlin Bypass Road is a great example of the quality of life improvements that can be made by thinking creatively and collaboratively about abandoned infrastructure,” said Massport Board Chairman and MassDOT Secretary& CEO Richard A. Davey. “The new roadway also complements the new Chelsea Street Bridge by allowing traffic in the area to flow more efficiently.”
Why is nothing being done about this? There is no excuse after years and years of complaints to our elected officials and state leaders.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Sen. Petruccelli's letter to gaming commission on the "Revere" plan

Just in to eastboston.com. 
The two-page letter from state Senator Anthony Petruccelli to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Suffolk Downs' Revere-only proposal. Related story can be found here.

November 20, 2013

Stephen Crosby, Chairman
Massachusetts Gaming Commission
84 State Street, Suite 720
Boston, MA 02109

Dear Chairman Crosby and Commissioners:

On behalf of my constituents of the First Suffolk and Middlesex District, I write today to express my increasing concern over recent efforts by Sterling Suffolk Racecourse, LLC (“Sterling Suffolk”) to proceed with the resort casino development originally proposed for the 161-acre land parcel at Suffolk Downs in East Boston (the “Project”).  In a letter to the Commission, dated November 13, 2013, Sterling Suffolk expressed their intentions to move forward with the Project despite the unsuccessful ballot question in East Boston.  Indeed, Sterling Suffolk has proposed to modify the Project’s development plan so that it fits entirely within the 52-acre Revere parcel at Suffolk Downs.  To do so, in my opinion, undermines the spirit and intent of the Commonwealth’s Expanded Gaming Act of 2011 (the “Gaming Act”). 

When the State Legislature crafted and passed the Gaming Act, my colleagues and I carefully drafted provisions pertaining to host community agreements and the conduct of an election.  M.G.L. c.23K, §15 specifically requires an applicant, as a prerequisite to filing an RFA-2 application (“Phase 2”), to receive a certified and binding vote on a ballot question at an election in the host community.  (See also 205 CMR 124.00.)  Also, where a proposed gaming establishment is situated in more than one community, as is the case with the Project:

The applicant shall execute an agreement with each host community, or a joint agreement with both communities, and receive a certified and binding vote on a ballot question at an election held in each host community in favor of such a license.  M.G.L. c.23K, § 15(13).

Taken together, the intent of these provisions is clear.  Only favorable referendum results in both host communities allow the applicant to proceed to Phase 2.  That did not happen with Sterling Suffolk’s Project.  Because one host community voted in the negative, the Project proposed for Suffolk Downs is dead.  If Sterling Suffolk wishes to proceed with an alternative development plan on the Revere parcel, then under the terms of the Gaming Act:

[They] shall not submit a new request to the governing body within 180 days of the last election; and provided further, that a new request shall be accompanied by an agreement between the applicant and host community signed after the previous election.  M.G.L. c.23K, § 15(13). 

However, in their November 13th letter to the Commission, Sterling Suffolk asserted that, regardless of the November 5th election results, Revere’s host community agreement remains in effect and need only be modified to reflect a shift to Suffolk Down’s Revere parcel.  Sterling Suffolk does not interpret the referendums to have been votes about the Project (and host community agreements) itself; rather they view the referendums as votes on whether Suffolk Down could be developed for a casino at all. 

While it is true that Revere and East Boston voted on land use, it is also unquestionable that the host community agreements were essential to the voting process.  All ballots required, and did in fact contain, “a fair, concise summary of the host community agreement.”  205 CMR 124.05.  My colleagues and I in the Legislature recognized that it was imperative to ensure that Massachusetts residents in an impacted community have adequate notice of, and be well-informed about, any casino proposal prior to voting.  Accordingly, the Gaming Act specifically requires a host community agreement to be made public, and that host and surrounding communities have ample opportunity to weigh the potential impacts on local businesses, traffic, jobs, as well as public safety. 

Furthermore, it is false to argue that an alternative development plan on the Revere parcel is anything but a new proposal, which would require a new host community agreement and referendum under the provisions of M.G.L. c.23K, § 15(13).  Any proposed project development on the Revere parcel would undoubtedly look very different from that which voters reviewed prior to November 5th.  Buildings and parking lots would need to be relocated, not to mention the racetrack and stables.  Such changes materially alter the Project as it was initially proposed.  In effect, this undermine the Gaming Act’s requirements for transparency and notice that ensure members of the impacted communities, including myself, have adequate time to weigh the merits of a proposal. 

I understand why Sterling Suffolk wishes to pursue an alternative development plan on the Revere parcel.  As an organization, they’ve invested a great deal of time, effort, and money to see the Suffolk Downs Project to fruition.  I, too, was disappointed that the Project failed to receive the two affirmative referendum results needed to proceed to Phase 2.  I believed, and still believe, that a casino has great potential to rejuvenate communities within my District.  Nevertheless, the Commission cannot allow a gaming applicant to circumvent the process required by the Gaming Act merely because the results were disappointing. 

I appreciate the opportunity to state my position to the Commission, and request the Commission’s clarification on the status of Sterling Suffolk’s application.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at my office. 


State Senator
First Suffolk and Middlesex District

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Malden-East Boston Youth Hockey - Week 5 Wrap-up

M.E.B. hockey action continues. Also don’t miss the Home for the Holidays Adult Street Hockey Tournament being held outside at the Linden School in Malden on Nov. 30 starting at 8:00 am. Boston Bruins alumni, Santa Claus, and the M.E.B. Mom’s Team will all be there.

MITE     (5-8 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 8, Agawam 14
Kasabuski Arena, Saugus MA

The Mite K team faced a very tough Agawam team and lost 15-8. A double hat trick from Jake Simpson and a pair from Chris Cecca rounded out the scoring for M.E.B. Chris Hanifan made 30 saves and kept the game close.

SQUIRT (9-10 Years Old)
Malden/East Boston 6, Andover 1
Valley Forum, Malden MA

PEEWEE (11-12 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 3, Somerville 3
Veterans Rink, Somerville MA

It was a great game of hockey for the ever improving Peewee’s. In the 1st period Somerville got out to a 2-0 start but M.E.B. got its fire stoked when Kevin Ivany stonewalled Somerville on a penalty shot with 10 seconds left in the 1st. On the next face off Marc Giodarno won the face-off and scored as time expired in the period. The 2nd period saw physical play from both sides as Giodarno scored two more for the hat trick. Somerville tied it up 3-3 as the 2nd ended and the 3rd period was a donnybrook as M.E.B. and Somerville solidifying their growing rivalry.

BANTAM AA (13-14 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 8, Agawam 1
Kasabuski Arena, Saugus MA

The Bantam AA’s keep their winning streak alive at 5 and continue to sit atop the Bantam East American AA division in the Valley League..

BANTAM AAA (13-14 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 5, Natick 2
Veterans Rink, Somerville MA

Natick got up 2-0 in the first 2 periods. Just over a minute into the 3rd Ryan Noonan banged home a tally from a Mike DeFilippo dish to assure the Mustangs weren't counted out of it. Louis Staffieri finished off a nice pass from Jonah Carlson to tie things up. Twenty seconds later Nick Salgado popped in a rebound shot from the point to go up 3-2. Natick in desperation pulled their goalie but Nick Miller sealed the deal with an open netter with :53 left. Zach Rich slammed a bomb that sailed just under the cross bar to close out the comeback and give the Mustangs a come from behind win.

Malden/East Boston 6, South Boston 0
Connery Rink, Lynn MA

The Mustangs took control early and never looked back with a pair of goals from James Pandolfo, and goals from Louis Staffieri, Anthony Cecca, Ryan Noonan, Mike DeFilippo as they overpowered their cross-town rivals.

MIDGET (15-18 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 3, Wakefield 1
Connery Rink, Lynn MA

Midgets still trail Wilmington by three points in the Tier 2 East division as their abbreviated season nears its end.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Maverick Association of Residents to host Thanksgiving Dinner for Seniors: Nov 24

This just in from MAR:

Maverick Association of Residents cordially Invite all senior residents to a Thanksgiving Dinner for Seniors at Maverick Landing Sunday, November 24, 2013 3:00 – 5:00 pm Community Room, 31 Liverpool St  Come Enjoy a Traditional Home-cooked Turkey Meal with your Neighbors! No Reservations Required, Raffles offered too! For Questions, Call 617-567-1303.

Stop & Shop donate turkeys at the East Boston Y

Nicolas Morales helps his mother, Iris Morales, pick up a turkey from Stop & Shop store manager Rich Nolan, Thursday, Nov. 14 at the YMCA of East Boston in East Boston, Mass. Committed to sharing meals and giving thanks in the communities it serves, Stop & Shop is donating more than 21,000 turkeys to hunger relief organizations and families throughout the Northeast in need this holiday season.

Stop & Shop Delivers 250 Turkeys to YMCA of East Boston Nov. 14 in Time for Thanksgiving
Turkey Express is just one of many ways the supermarket will share meals and give thanks
this holiday season

Stop & Shop’s Turkey Express trucks will deliver 250 turkeys to the YMCA of East Boston in East Boston in time for Thanksgiving. The delivery is one of eight stops on Stop & Shop’s Turkey Express route throughout New England and 12 across the Northeast.

According to a recent survey by the Boston Medical Center, East Boston showed the highest rate, at 25.4 percent, of childhood food insecurity out of the 10 Boston zip codes. Within Boston, there is a high demand for donations to local food banks and Stop & Shop’s donation to the YMCA of East Boston will help to feed more than 1,000 people. 

“We strive to be a better neighbor both in and out of our stores and we are committed to fighting hunger in our communities year round” said Joe Kelley, president of Stop & Shop New England. “We understand that the holidays can be particularly difficult for families in need, so we encourage everyone to share a meal and give thanks this holiday season. Together, we can help support the families who depend on hunger relief organizations when they need it most.”

This November, Stop & Shop will donate more than 21,000 turkeys to local food banks throughout the Northeast with its Turkey Express program. Deliveries will run through Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

East Boston Malden Youth Hockey Round Up - Week 4

M.E.B. hockey season enters its fourth full week of the regular season. A few teams had the weekend off but there was still plenty of great action.

MITE K     (5-8 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 7, Melrose 12
Kasabuski Arena, Saugus MA

Chris Hanifan had a hat trick, Jake Simpson, and Chris Cecca each had a pair of goals as the Mites lost one fighting to arch-rivals Melrose in the Elite division. John Summers kept the team close for most of the game making some great saves. A tough Melrose goaltender made the difference in this one.

SQUIRT (9-10 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 0, Concord 5
Merrimack Arena, North Andover MA

The Squirts find themselves in unfamiliar territory in the very competitive Squirt South National AA division.

BANTAM AA (13-14 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 6, Cape Ann 3
Connery Rink, Lynn MA

The Bantam AA’s continue to sit atop the Bantam East American AA division in the Valley League with a big win over Cape Ann.

MIDGET (15-18 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 6, Everett 3
Connery Rink, Lynn MA

Midgets chase Wilmington for the top spot in the Valley League Tier 2 East division.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Eastie Clean-up Day Set for November 24, Sunday

Want to improve your community? Want a way to show your thanks around the holiday?
Then join for an Eastie Cleanup Day

Sunday November 24th


Refreshments provided!

Meet at Maverick Station by the Health Center

For more info contact Emma 919-271-8568

*This entry was corrected to reflect the planned date: Sun. 11/24. 

Rep. Basile's Thanksgiving Dinner, November 28, 2013 at Sacred Heart

Please join State Representative Carlo Basile and family for the 5th Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner on Thursday, November 28th, 2013 at  Sacred Heart Church, 303 Paris Street. Doors open at 10:30 a.m.  and dinner will be served from 11:00 a.m. -1:30 p.m. For more information and transportation call Nancy @ 617-438-5539 by no later than November 18, 2013. If you know of any East Boston residents who are alone for the holiday or could benefit from a warm meal in a festive atmosphere, please send them our way!

No Eastie Casino: "An Open Letter To Our Elected Officials and The Massachusetts Gaming Commission"

From No Eastie Casino 11/8/2013:

An Open Letter To Our Elected Officials and The Massachusetts Gaming Commission:
We are writing on behalf of the 4,281 East Boston voters who soundly defeated the ill-conceived proposal for a casino at Suffolk Downs on November 5.

Suffolk Downs’ casino proposal failed. The developer was unable to choose or properly vet a casino operator. Unambiguously located in both East Boston and Revere, the developer failed to win the East Boston vote.  Massachusetts law clearly states that if a proposed casino is located in more than one city or town, it must win a referendum vote in both communities, M.G.L. c. 23K, § 15(13).  East Boston said NO; Suffolk Downs’ casino application is dead.

Suffolk Downs is now trying to circumvent the law by suggesting it can simply "move the goalposts" to the Revere side, but a Revere-only casino is not what residents of East Boston or Revere were called to vote for.  East Boston voters said "no" to the impacts that a Suffolk Downs casino would bring, and a Revere-only casino will create the same impacts. Enough is enough - Suffolk Downs is no longer a legitimate contender. Any attempt to move forward with a Revere-only casino proposal is a deliberate effort to disenfranchise East Boston voters and circumvent the clear intent of the law. No Eastie Casino is outraged this idea could even be entertained.

East Boston residents expect and demand our elected officials to uphold and enforce the law, stand for the will of the people, and reject Suffolk Downs' last ditch effort to install a casino in our community.

No Eastie Casino calls on the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to adhere to the proper licensing procedures, M.G.L. c. 23K, 205 CMR, and application deadlines previously set forth.  The law is clear and the voters have spoken.  We insist that Suffolk Downs be immediately removed from consideration for a gaming license.

We will not tolerate any breach of the law or the public process. We will continue to fight to keep East Boston safe for families and small businesses.  We will not stop until this threat to our community has been removed once and for all.

No Eastie Casino

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

This just in: No Eastie Casino: Tuesday's vote demonstrates we deserve better than a casino

(Editor's Note: The mayor of Revere doesn't think the Suffolk Downs casino debate is over; No Eastie Casino keeps fighting Rizzo's illusions)

(Boston - November 6, 2013) -- "We are pleased with the results of Tuesday's election. East Boston voters went to the polls and emphatically stated that they don't believe the promises put forth by wealthy casino developers. To the prospect of one of the hemisphere's largest casinos -- yet another burdensome development in our neighborhood - Eastie residents said, 'No - enough is enough.'"

"Our campaign began with two primary goals: to defeat the proposed casino, and to do so in a way that elevated the discussion about what is possible in our community and remove the barriers that have kept many of us apart for too long. Together, we organized, strategized, researched, canvassed, and reached out to our neighbors, small businesses, and communities of faith. Our movement is led by women and men across all faiths, income and education levels, ages, professions, nationalities, newcomers to East Boston and 'old-timers.'"

"We are deeply disappointed and concerned that, within minutes of finding out that voters in East Boston had resoundingly rejected Suffolk Downs' casino proposal, its wealthy owners and investors were already mobilizing to find a way around the voice of the people and Massachusetts gambling law." "It is clear upon review of the statute that the casino referendum needed to pass in both East Boston and Revere in order for the developers to move forward. East Boston's voters have spoken: we do not want a casino in our community. We renew our call for Suffolk Downs' owners and board members to withdraw."

"We believe that this last-ditch attempt by Suffolk Downs developers to move the goalposts after the vote shows that casino owners will continue to put profits before people. For these reasons, many members of No Eastie Casino have been working with the grassroots group Repeal the Casino Deal to repeal the gambling law by putting it to a statewide vote in 2014."

"We are prepared to continue our work to keep East Boston a vibrant, welcoming community for families and small businesses where equitable economic development--not development that preys on middle-income, working class and low-income families--is encouraged. We call upon the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to follow the law. We respectfully request that Mayor Menino, Mayor-elect Walsh and the City Council take East Boston's resounding 'no' for an answer on the casino question, protecting it from casinos in surrounding communities as well."

How East Boston voted on the casino ballot question, Question 1

Monday, November 4, 2013

Ray Flynn's remarks at anti-casino rally in East Boston, November 3, 2013

(Edited by FC)

What a dedicated group of East Boston citizens here fighting for a better community. Heroes are what you are. But I'm not surprised. This is the history of the people of East Boston and hopefully still will be.

I loved coming over to East Boston when I was young, visiting family friends, playing a lot of sports ( football, baseball, and basketball), which was long before I ever thought about being Mayor, Ambassador, State Representative or a Boston City Councilor. Whether it was going to Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel or The Assumption Church and than Sunday Dinner at a family friends house, the Columbus Day Parade, later singing Italian songs with the elderly at Don Orione Home, playing basketball with the kids at Orient Heights or talking with my father and Kathy's father's friends at the East Boston docks where they worked, and I worked down the docks during the  Summer as well. 

Kathy's Dad was a member of ILA right here in East Boston. It was always special. This is where I first witnessed community organizing in the 70's, whether it was opposition to airport expansion, escalating electric rates, traffic from the track, and gas tankers.

People like Lucy, Anna, Mary Ellen, Pixie, fought like tigers to protect this community and keep it great. Everybody knew each other and was active in the community. The neighborhood business districts were thriving, the Churches were filled every Sunday, you could hear hundreds of kids playing in every playground. East Boston Stadium, now named after my friend Probation Officer Jimmy Sartori, the Jets, Tornado's, Fittons, St. Lazarus, and the gym at Maverick. Names like Costigan, Marmo,Verone, Ivers, Lauria, Romano, Buonapane, Contilli, Bravaro, and O'Leary were leading East Boston High School to championships. Many went on to do the same in college. I know, I played against some of them.

Nobody has to tell me about East Boston, I spent a lot of time here, long before I got involved in politics.

No Boston neighborhood was more family-oriented, largely Italian, (but it had a lot of Irish at one time,) or had as much civic pride in fighting to protect its quality of life than East Boston. Mothers blocked runways and tunnels, we fought to re-open police and fire stations during Proposition 2 1/2. You raised money at benefit spaghetti dinners to support the cheerleaders and girls soccer teams, Joe Cuneo brought hundreds of people together to help sick kids at St. Jude's Hospital. Does anyone remember him?  I do, I was there. Ok, so I'm talking about my days, the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, and the early 90's, a great neighborhood, but it changed dramatically the last 15 years.

Latinos and a lot of young professionals moved in. The public schools deteriorated. Drugs and a lot of poor. So what's the solution to make the community strong once again? A gambling casino which will dominate and define the neighborhood which will Lead to Decline in residential property values. Increase Crime. Prostitution. Strip Bars. Unbearable Traffic through East Boston streets. Small businesses will be hurt.

So a big Gambling Casino is now the American urban proposal for what is really needed in cities?  And not jobs and affordable housing for working families. How about a new American Urban Marshall Plan for potentially vibrant communities like East Boston. Where do people who are willing to work hard, play by the rules, need affordable housing go to find that hope and opportunity. Certainly this dream is no longer available in South Boston, or Charlestown. Plenty of luxury condos and roof decks. And if this gambling casino goes through, East Boston will never be the once proud livable family neighborhood again either.

So why is Gambling Casino going in East Boston? Because the poor and Latino people live there and are desperate for any kind of job. Because they don't have any political clout?  I see them as Honest Decent people willing to work hard for a decent wage. Trying to support their families. We all admire them for that, but why can we do better as a city.

An American city should be a place where people come with a dream for a more positive and hopeful future. The kind of community that East Boson and my South Boston community used to be. 

What does East Boston need?  Let me tell you, a lot of kids in Little League, good schools, people working in factories, on the docks like my father, small businesses, laborers rebuilding the roads and building some housing for the elderly and schools for kids. 

What about a medical research center? I just drove my daughter and  her 7 year old son who was born a special needs child. When he tries to walk he falls and he can't talk. They are on their way to the National Institute of Health in Maryland to see if medical doctors can find a cure for Braeden and other children's struggles. Why can't we do that research right here in East Boston? Medical research and plenty of good jobs  for people willing to get training and work hard. That's called Pride and that's America,  That's what is needed in Boston at this time. Frankly, I'm convinced that this can happen, but it all begins with you and the people of East Boston on Tuesday. It's now all in your hands.

Boston is about to move in a more enlightened direction. A new vision of a better, open and more caring Boston. This is a time to think about what can be. Reject this silly Gambling proposal and bring this community together with a new, visionary and balanced economic plan which will create good jobs for East Boston residents, safer streets and better schools for your children. Do that and you will be proud to say, "East Boston Is My Hometown" once again.

Ray Flynn

(Ray Flynn served as mayor from 1984 to 1993, when he was appointed as the U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican.)

Thursday, October 31, 2013

No Eastie Casino: "Casino Proposal in Turmoil, Deserving of a 'No' in Eastie, Revere"

This just in from No Eastie Casino!

EAST BOSTON, MA -- Oct. 31, 2013 -- Unlike this season's Red Sox, the investors in a proposed casino are not a championship team for Boston. Suffolk Downs has indicated it won't have a new operations partner by the time East Boston and Revere residents go to the polls on Tuesday. But with or without a casino operator, the casino plan should be turned away on Tuesday by voters.

"Slot machines kill jobs," said Celeste Myers, co-chair of No Eastie Casino, citing research that shows that casino revenues come at the expense of local businesses, "and there will be at least 4,000 of them at Suffolk Downs. For our small businesses, our families, and a safe future for East Boston, we urge our neighbors to vote no on Tuesday."

No Eastie Casino previously called for Suffolk Downs to immediately withdraw its casino application after a Gaming Commission investigation turned up disastrous finances for both Caesars Entertainment and Suffolk Downs' primary owner, Richard Fields. Despite Wednesday's finding of suitability, the Gaming Commission also found that Suffolk Downs knew about many of the problems raised in their investigation but failed to take the appropriate steps to ensure problems were fixed.

"Suffolk Downs completely failed to perform any due diligence to assess Caesars until it was clear they could not move forward with Caesars in the mix," Myers said. "Track management and city officials were notified of Caesars' problems, and yet the proposal went forward full-steam ahead. This amounts to a serious breach of trust on the part of Suffolk Downs."

The Caesars debacle, in addition to No Eastie Casino's rigorous education and voter outreach efforts, appears to be causing more East Boston residents to doubt Suffolk Downs' casino plan. Still, voters in East Boston and Revere will walk into precincts Tuesday to cast ballots with Caesars Entertainment still mentioned throughout the project description and likely no replacement operator in sight.

But for many residents of East Boston, a casino approval process marked by roadblocks mirrors a desperate, dying casino industry. A City attorney admitted this week that Boston is prepared for the fact that Suffolk Downs' new partner may not be a "first-class gaming operator" at the industry standards set by Caesars and that a new operator may require reopening the mitigation agreement. Myers points to this as evidence that it is clearly time for Suffolk Downs to withdraw.

"When states are bailing out their casinos, casino workers are walking off the job in disappointment, and small businesses are shutting their doors, we should be clued in that casinos are a losing economic development strategy," Myers said. "Suffolk Downs has had ample opportunities to select first-class partners, and they continue to come up short. East Boston deserves so much more."


It's Celeste Myers on NECN's Broadside with Jim Braude

Broadside: Showdown over East Boston casino

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Rep. Basile supports as House Passes VALOR Act II Legislation strengthens 2012 Valor Act and enhances commitment to Commonwealth’s veterans

(BOSTON) – State Representative Carlo Basile joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives today to pass the 2013 VALOR Act which builds on existing legislation to expand opportunities and services for military personnel, veterans and their families.

The legislation provides increased property tax relief and enhances employment, educational and healthcare support services. It also establishes a home modification program for veterans to help individuals stay in their homes and function independently.

“This legislation sends a message to our veterans that we appreciate their bravery, sacrifice and service,” Speaker DeLeo said. “Most importantly though, it aids those who have supported us during some of the country’s most difficult times. I’m incredibly proud that Massachusetts leads the nation in aiding veterans and military personnel and I believe this bill furthers that commitment.”

“Thanks to the efforts of Speaker DeLeo, Chairman Dempsey, and my colleagues on the Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs, we as a Legislature have done so much for our veterans and their families,” Representative Carlo Basile, Chairman of the Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs (D-East Boston) said. “This legislation allows us to do our small part in helping those who put themselves in harm’s way to protect our families and our way of life. The VALOR Act II is our way to honor veterans, the bravest men and women of the Commonwealth, and offer them in some small manner, our sign of appreciation.”

The bill also includes the below provisions:

* Allows students currently enrolled in college, who are called to active duty, to either complete their coursework without penalty following duty, or to withdraw and receive a tuition refund.

* Requires the Division of Professional Licensure to waive the initial application or certification fee for licensure for any veteran;

* Establishes a post-deployment council to make recommendations and study mental health issues to support military members transitioning to civilian life after deployment;

* Requires the Department of Public Health to issue guidance to acute hospitals and ambulance service providers to ensure the identification of veterans in emergency settings;

* Extends the award qualifications for the Medal of Liberty and updates criteria to qualify for a Purple Heart, Gold Star and the Support Our Veterans license plates

The 2013 Valor Act passed the House unanimously.

Daily Item of Lynn: MBTA expanding Silver Line bus service

"Gov. Deval Patrick announced on Wednesday that a new branch of the Silver Line will be created linking Boston's South Station and Seaport District to East Boston and Chelsea." Read more at the Daily Item of Lynn.

Ray Flynn speaks out against casino in East Boston

Former Mayor Ray Flynn says casinos exploit the poor! He's right! Casino discussion with NECN's Jim Braude comes in around 5:40.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Week 7 East Boston Malden Youth Hockey News

M.E.B. hockey squads finished up parity play last weekend in the Valley league and some teams even began their regular season with games now counting towards their season records. 

Mite K     (5-8 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 11, Winthrop 4

Kasabuski Arena, Saugus MA
For the second straight week, the Mite K team knocked off an undefeated team with an 11-4 win over Winthrop. Solid two way play all around with some fantastic goaltending from Will Fosdick. Four goals from Jake Simpson, a hat trick for Chris Hanifan, two goals from Chris Cecca, and a goal each from Ryan Thomas and Cristian Monge.
SQUIRT (9-10 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 6, Newton 3

Fessenden School, Newton MA

PEEWEE (11-12 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 0, Wellesley 5

Valley Forum, Malden MA

BANTAM AAA (13-14 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 4, South Boston 3

Porrazzo Rink, East Boston MA

In the crosstown rivalry Ryan Noonan created opportunities to put it behind the Shamrock goaltender to give the M.E.B. Mustangs the lead with a little more than two minutes to play in the first period. The second period opened with more tough play, but James Pandolfo was able to score at 1:11 into the period on a loose puck in front of the Shamrocks' net off a hard fought effort by Nick Miller to put the home team up 2-0. With a little more than three minutes to play in the second, Louis Staffieri poured on some speed through center ice and lit the lamp for the Mustangs on a feed from Ryan Noonan from the M.E.B. blue line, 3-1. In the third South Boston moved to within one on a power play goal at the 9:30 mark of the period. Another power play and another goal for South Boston tied the game just seven seconds into the penalty. With more back and forth play and more scoring chances for both sides, the goalies kept the score tied until another effort from Nick Miller feeding James Pandolfo gave the M.E.B. Mustangs the lead again with just 2:46 to play in the game.  The play was tense in the final seconds, with a face-off in the M.E.B. zone, and continuous pressure from South Boston. In the end, Malden/East Boston prevailed, with a final score of 4-3.

Malden/East Boston 7, Woburn 1

O’Brien Rink, Woburn MA

The Bantam AAA's enjoyed a little Saturday Night Fever in a physical battle versus the Woburn Bantams Saturday night. After many opportunities, Nick Salgado placed a sweet pass on James Pandolfo's stick resulting in a beautiful roofer under the bar. The second period M.E.B. really hit their stride starting with Ryan Noonan doing his best dancing with the stars move out of the corner and banging it home. Nick Capillo broke in with a solid high wrist shot from just inside the blue line that hand cuffed the goalie and bounced in. Next up was a great feed from Jared Downey up to a breaking Louis Staffieri who blasted in alone moving the goalie right out of his equipment and dropping into the mesh. Not to be stopped, Nick Miller banged home one of many rebounds to go up 5-1. To end the second period onslaught, Mike DeFillipo totally out muscled a much larger opponent in the corner steal the puck and sending a near impossible angle shot off the goalie and into the net. With the physical play intensifying by the Woburn boys, M.E.B. held their composure and finalized the scoring with a Paul Curtis tally placing a 7-0 final score to goaltender Anthony Giuliano's shut out collection.

Malden/East Boston 7, Lexington/Bedford 0

Valley Forum, Malden MA

Coming off a Saturday night win, the M.E.B. Bantam AAA’s started the regular season Sunday with a tilt against Lexington-Bedford. The boys picked up where the left off the night before with a Louis Staffieri show circling the offensive zone until he had nice angle on the net and popped it home. Then it was James Pandolfo as the poster child for being in the right place at the right time, banging in the first rebound of two to end the period up 3-0. The opposition buckled down, and M.E.B. had a tough time getting quality shots keeping the score board idle for the second period. But with determination to finish hard, the third period scoring started with a great top corner shot from Nick Miller. Not to be outdone, Anthony Cecca followed suit with a top corner shot of his own on an M.E.B. power play. After a nice break in by Staffieri, he hung in to pick up his own rebound and swung it wide to through it into an open net past a sprawled goaltender. To round out the scoring  Cecca set up Pandolfo for his Hat Trick ending the game at 7-0. Another fine showing for shutout-master Anthony Giuliano between the pipes.

BANTAM AA (13-14 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston AA 2, Lexington/Bedford 2

Valley Forum, Malden MA

Malden/East Boston AA 8, Everett/Revere 0

Valley Forum, Malden MA

MIDGET (15-18 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 6, Woburn 1

Valley Forum, Malden MA

Malden/East Boston 5, Medford 1

Connery Arena, Lynn MA

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Monday, October 21, 2013

October 24: East Boston Kiwanis Club Kicks Off Holiday Canned Food Drive with Collection Effort at Shaw’s Supermarket

(EAST BOSTON, October 22, 2013) – The Kiwanis Club of East Boston will kick off its holiday food drive with a canned food collection effort on Thursday, October 24, 2013, from 4-7 p.m. at Shaw’s Supermarket in Liberty Plaza, East Boston. The food drive will benefit the food pantry at the Grace Church Federated and the Meridian House, both in East Boston.

Shaw’s customers are asked to purchase canned foods, pastas, and other dried goods and drop them off at the Kiwanis table that will be set up outside the exit doors at Shaw’s. The Kiwanis will also accept monetary donations, which will be given to the food pantry and used to purchase additional food items. All food items and donated funds go to help those in need in the East Boston community.

Starting on Thursday, the East Boston Savings Bank will also support the Kiwanis holiday food drive by setting up canned food boxes at the three EBSB branches in East Boston – Meridian Street, Central Square and Orient Heights – so that donations can also be dropped off at those locations until Christmas. Those donations will also be given to the Grace Church food bank and the Meridian House.

The Kiwanis Club of East Boston is an organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time through community service

Saturday, October 19, 2013

East Boston resident calls upon Suffolk Downs to withdraw casino application

East Boston resident and casino opponent Ernani DeAraujo criticizes City of Boston for embracing SD casino proposal without "due diligence."

"According to the Boston Globe, Caesars was disqualified because of alleged mob ties overseas. I think the ownership of Suffolk Downs owes the City of Boston and especially the residents of East Boston an apology for not doing their due diligence in selecting their "world class" partner and for trying to yoke us to a casino operator that is engaging in allegedly unethical and criminal behavior. This is a complete embarrassment for our City that embraced Caesars on Suffolk's recommendation and Suffolk Downs should say sorry and withdraw their application to end this fiasco."

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

East Boston/Malden Youth Hockey Week 6 roundup

M.E.B. hockey squads continue parity play this week in the Valley League as well as the second round of the 2013 Boston Mayor’s Cup Hockey Tournament.

Mite K (5-8 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 17, Peabody 12

Kasabuski Arena, Saugus MA

The littlest players put up the biggest score, which could have been mistaken for a football score this week with a 17-12 win over a very tough Peabody squad.

The Mite K team also advanced to the final round of the Boston Mayor’s cup with a victory over Dorchester at U-Mass Boston.

Mite S (5-8 Years Old)

The Mite S squad saw their Boston Mayor’s Cup tournament play come to an end with a loss on Sunday at  UMass-Boston.

SQUIRT (9-10 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 7, Lexington/Bedford 1

The Edge, Bedford MA

The squirts are also heading to the Boston Mayor’s Cup finals with a win over the weekend at Northeastern University.

PEEWEE (11-12 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 3, Wakefield 11

Valley Forum, Malden MA

BANTAM AAA (13-14 Years Old)

Game moved to Porrazzo Rink in East Boston on 10/17/13 at 8:00 pm vs. South Boston. This is not a game to miss at city rivals battle it out.

BANTAM AA (13-14 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston AA 1, Belmont 1

Cronin Rink, Revere

After two scoreless periods, Belmont got on the board with 5:15 remaining in the game.  Not backing down, the Mustangs fought back and with a fast break out of the defensive end by Jared Downey fed Curtis Taddeo streaking down the right side who sped past the Belmont defender and stuffed the puck behind their goalie with under three minutes to play with a quick move and a high target up over the pads.  M.E.B. carried the play for the remainder of the game, with several chances to win it, but couldn't find the back of the net. Thomas Guarino played another strong game in goal for M.E.B. denying many Belmont scoring chances throughout the game.

MIDGET (15-18 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 4, Burlington 4

Connery Memorial Arena, Lynn MA

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