Friday, July 31, 2015

Ed Coletta chosen as Kiwanian of the Year; Banquet, Sept. 26


Tickets Now Available for Sept. 26 Banquet to Honor Ed Coletta’s Community Service
    The Kiwanis Club of East Boston has selected long-time Kiwanis member Ed Coletta as the club’s 2015 “Kiwanian of the Year,” and his service to Kiwanis and to the East Boston community will be commemorated at a banquet set for Saturday, September 26 at 6 p.m. in Spinelli’s Function Hall in East Boston.

    Mr. Coletta is an East Boston resident, and he has been a member of the East Boston Kiwanis Club for 28 years. During that time, he has twice been club president and currently serves as the club secretary. Over the years, he has served on numerous committees that have assisted children, senior citizens and those-in-need within the East Boston community.

    The cost of a sit-down dinner at the Kiwanian of the Year banquet is $60. Tickets are available from Kiwanis Club Director Marisa Di Pietro by calling 617-650-3442 or e-mailing her at and from Kiwanis Club President Clark Moulaison at 617-699-7172 or at Tickets are also available from any Kiwanis Club member.

    The club membership is also marking the occasion with a commemorative souvenir program and advertisement booklet, which will be distributed at the banquet and within the East Boston community. To book a quarter-page, half-page or full-page ad in the booklet, also contact Marisa Di Pietro; the ad deadline is Sept. 6.
      Funds raised during the Kiwanian of the Year banquet are used to fund the club’s community service projects, which include support for youth organizations such as the East Boston Little League, East Boston Girls Softball League, Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading, the East Boston YMCA, the Salesian Boys & Girls Club and the East Boston Social Centers. The club also supports the East Boston High School Key Club, the Grace Church and Meridian House food pantries, local EBARC activities, the Christmas Caroling Party at the Don Orione Home, the Kiwanis-Station 7 Bicycle Safety Rodeo, the Kiwanis One/Belle Isle Marsh Cleanup event and the senior citizen summer picnic trip to Salem Willows.
       Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time. The East Boston Kiwanis Club meets every first and third Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Spinelli’s in Day Square, East Boston.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Countdown to Kindergarten & Airmall Boston Draw Winner of $5,000 College Scholarship

This just in from Main Streetsl

Representative Adrian Madaro, East Boston Main Streets, Countdown to Kindergarten, and Airmall Boston Draw Winner of $5,000 College Scholarship

Nicolas Morales, a kindergartener at the McKay school in East Boston

BOSTON, MA (July 28, 2015) – On Tuesday, July 28, East Boston Main Streets’ Executive Director Max Gruner was joined by Mike Caro, VP of Airmall Boston, members of the Countdown to Kindergarten steering committee, and State Representative Adrian Madaro to draw the name of the Kindergartener who is the winner of the $5,000 college scholarship provided by Airmall Boston.  “Our annual Countdown to Kindergarten Parade is a wonderfully joyous event that truly highlights the benefits of our vibrant public-private partnerships in East Boston,” says State Representative Adrian Madaro.

Last year, at the annual East Boston Countdown to Kindergarten Parade, EBMS and Airmall Boston announced a $5,000 college scholarship in the form of a 529 college savings account to be provided to one East Boston kindergartener with perfect attendance during the school year.  “This scholarship is important to us,” says EBMS executive director Max Gruner, “not only because it can make a real impact on the long-term educational opportunities of one of our kids but because it sends a threefold message: one, our East Boston community cares about education and our kids; two, it encourages parents to think about the importance of investing early in the long-term education of their children; three, it underscores the importance of attendance at school.”

The scholarship winner, Nicolas Morales, a kindergartener at the McKay school in East Boston, and his family will be presented with a ceremonial check at the 15th annual East Boston Countdown to Kindergarten Parade on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015. Also at this event, EBMS, Airmall, and the CTK steering committee are pleased to be able to announce the continuation of this college scholarship initiative and will be announcing the second annual $5,000 college scholarship for an East Boston kindergartener with perfect attendance at school. 

 “This event has been a long standing tradition for the East Boston community. It helps to create a solid foundation for the future of East Boston, and we at Airmall, who live and work in this community as well, are honored to play a role in this day," says Mike Caro, Vice President at Airmall Boston.

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

Drawing for Countdown to Kindergarten Scholarship: July 28

On Tuesday, July 28th, at 10:00am at the East Boston Social Centers in East Boston, Central Square, Adrian Madaro will be drawing the name of the Kindergartener with perfect attendance during the past school year who will be receiving the $5K college scholarship announced as part of the Countdown to Kindergarten Celebration and provided courtesy of AirMall.

The drawing will last 20mins from 10:30am-10:50am.  We would very much like media to be present.


    East Boston is the only remaining Boston neighborhood to celebrate its rising Kindergarteners with a celebration and Parade
    Last year, EBMS and AirMall announced the first annual Countdown to Kindergarten College Scholarship to be presented to an EB kindergartener with perfect attendance during the school year (note: excused absences do not count against the students attendance record)
    We have just received the list of eligible Kindergartners and will be drawing the name of the winner who will receive $5K in a 529 college savings account; the drawing will be promptly at 10:30am on Tuesday, July 28.
    The check will be handed to the family during this year's Countdown to Kindergarten Parade on Thursday, September 3rd from 10:30am-1:00pm.
    At the Parade, EBMS and AirMall will be announcing another $5K scholarship for this coming year.

Talking Points:

    Importance of early childhood education
    Importance of parent involvement in all aspects of child's educational experience, including attendance
    Importance of thinking ahead and planning for ongoing education of the child beyond high-school

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Main Streets Presents: Free English Language Classes for Business Owners and Employees

Starting September 2015 

  • Are you a business owner ready to build, grow, and improve your business?
    Are you interested in providing better customer service to English speaking clients?
  • Do you employ staff who will benefit from English classes?
If your answer is YES to any of these…

Join us on Monday, July 27th from 8:00-9:30 AM (continental breakfast provided)


Join us on Tuesday, July 28th from 6:00-7:30 PM (light refreshments provided)

To Discuss Your English Language Needs and Availability
East Boston Harborside
Community School
Enfarrados (NFarra2) Community Room
127 Maverick Street, 2nd floor,
East Boston 02128

With Special Thanks to  Councilor Sal LaMattina & Representative Adrian Madaro

JPNA Planning & Zoning Meeting Agenda For July 22

JPNA Planning & Zoning Meeting Agenda For July 22 7 p.m

Where: Jeffries Point Yacht Club 565 Sumner st.

Time: 7 p.m. 

  • 202 Maverick st. - Demo & construction, New multi unit residential building.
  • 80 Everett st
  • 14-16 Geneva St. New construction, residential on empty lot. Atty: Richard Lynds

What we saw at the EB Public Library July 16

About 75 Friends of the East Boston Library showed up in the Thomas Menino Community Room to unveil the refurbished Queen Mary painting by Frederick Leonard King which was created with the support of the Works Progress Administration. With great pride song and community, the Friends restored what always belonged to East Boston. (photographs by Diane Modica).