Sunday, May 29, 2016

June 21: Kiwanis Club holds interclub with guest speaker Robert Lewis

The Kiwanis Club of East Boston will hold their Divisional Interclub on Tuesday June 21st, 2016 at Spinelli’s, 282 Bennington Street, East Boston at 6:00pm. 

The cost is $25/per person ($250 for a table of 10)

Guest Speaker: Robert Lewis, Jr.  Founder + President, the BASE

Please RSVP by June 16th to Marisa at or call 617-650-3442.


Guest Speaker: Robert Lewis, Jr.  Founder + President, the BASE

Robert Lewis, Jr. is a nationally recognized thought leader, public speaker and passionate advocate for urban youth, known as a bridge-builder and catalyst for collaboration between diverse business, civic and public sectors. A 2015 Boston Magazine cover story listed Robert among the city's 50 Most Powerful Leaders, calling him "a tireless advocate for inner-city kids."  Robert was born and raised in East Boston.

Robert Lewis, Founder and President, The BASE

Robert’s impressive career trajectory has included important roles such as Executive Director of the Boston Centers for Youth and Families, President and Executive Director of the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), Senior Vice President of City Year’s national operations and Executive Director of City Year Boston, and Vice President for Program at the Boston Foundation where he directed the distribution of $16 million+ in discretionary grants.

Please RSVP  by June 16th to
Marisa Di Pietro
 Or call 617-650-3442

“Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.”

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Massport Approves $15.8 Million for Runway Rehabilitation Project will resurface Runway 4L/22R and recycle old asphalt

BOSTON (May 26, 2016) – The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) Board today voted to approve a $15.8 million budget repave Runway 4L-22R, as well as install centerline lights along the runway for enhanced pilot guidance. The goal of the project is to improve surface condition and drainage characteristics.

When work begins later this year, the 7,864 foot long runway will be repaved with warm mix asphalt. Runway 4L-22R is 150 feet wide.

Logan was the first US airport to use warm mix asphalt on airfield projects. The so-called “green asphalt” is heated to about 75 degrees lower than traditional asphalt and uses about 20 percent less fuel, reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent and uses recycled asphalt in its manufacture. All pavement removed from the runway will be transported and recycled offsite for use on a future project.

The rehabilitation project is estimated to generate approximately 61 direct, 36 indirect, and 79 induced FTE positions over the course of 12 months for a total of 179 FTE employees.

“Safety and security are the top priorities for Massport,” said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. “We want to maintain our facilities to ensure the safety everyone who uses them. This project will help keep Logan Airport in great shape.”

The project is set to begin in September and last for 30 days. During that period, the runway will be closed, so flight delays are possible, depending on wind conditions and the runway configuration in use by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Boston Logan, 30 minutes from the intersection of Route 128 and I-90 and 15 minutes from downtown Boston, serves as the gateway to the New England region and offers nonstop service to 76 domestic and 53 international destinations and in 2015 handled 33.4 million passengers. Boston Logan is served by two public transit lines.  The airport generates $13 billion in total economic impact each year.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

May 31: Gove St. Citizens Association meets; Agenda

The Gove Street Citizens Association monthly meeting agenda:

* Update on current status of GSCA area projects.
* 175 Gove St. - Proposal for a 9 Condo Unit Residential Dwelling with 7 interior parking spaces. (3rd Appearance / Vote to be taken) – Attorney Jeffrey Drago
* Presentation by opponents of a proposed Eversource Electric substation on Eagle Street in East Boston. – Attorney Donato Berardi
* Presentation by City of Boston sponsored Renew Boston program designed to help tenants and homeowners save money by saving energy.  – Kit Carroll

MEETING DATE: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

LOCATION - The Noddle Island Community Room located on the first floor of the Logan Rental Car Center at 15 Transportation Way.                                                                                        
DRIVING – Free event parking available in front of the building and in the Porter Street parking lot adjacent to the building.                                                                                                            

WALKING - Situated at the end of Porter Street, just a 4-minute walk from the Embassy Suites Hotel.

Meetings are held on the last Monday of each month except for Holidays.

Lecture May 27: "Grounding the Narrative of the 1775 Battle of Chelsea Creek".

May 26: Greenway ribbon cutting

Please join Mayor Walsh, local elected officials, Massport, state partners and community representatives for the East Boston Greenway ribbon cutting.
The completion of the Narrow Gauge link project represents the final portion of the East Boston Greenway, which will join the East Boston Greenway Connector that Massport completed in 2014 with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation's Constitution Beach. Now that this segment is completed, it is possible for pedestrians and bicyclists to travel from Boston Harbor, through Bremen Street Park and the new East Boston Library, to Wood Island Marsh, and finally to Constitution Beach with only two roadway crossings.

Thursday, May 26th at 12:45 p.m.

East Boston Greenway, Constitution Beach

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Conexions 20th Anniversary Event: June 16

On June 16th 2016 at 6p.m. on Waterside Way, East Boston, North Suffolk Mental Health Association (NSMHA) will host an event to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Conexions Evening, the successful substance misuse program that has saved more than 2,000 lives since its founding in 1996.

Conexions is North Suffolk Mental Health Association’s intensive outpatient addiction use program.  It uses group and individual therapy to help individuals maintain sobriety. Treatment options include medication assistance to block the effects of opioid drugs. 

This “refreshing evening” represents the first community fundraiser North Suffolk has hosted in 5 years, and will be held at one of the most spectacular locations in East Boston: Waterside Way. The outdoor venue will open at 6 PM on June 16th. Live music, outdoor games, ample selection of hors d’oeuvres, refreshing drinks and a breathtaking view will entertain guests while interacting and chilling out on a summer evening.

Tickets can be purchased at and are $35, sponsorship opportunities are also available. Tickets sold will help North Suffolk Mental Health Association maintain the Conexions program. 

Waterfront Way is located at the end of Lewis Wharf, near Maverick Square and offers free on-street parking.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

June 7: EB Museum & Historical Society Launches Speaker Event: Master Storyteller John Christoforo of the Post Gazette to speak

(EAST BOSTON May 12, 2016)--The organizers of the East Boston Museum & Historical Society will launch a Speaker Series from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, at the Maverick Meeting House, 31 Liverpool Street, East Boston.

A master storyteller, Christoforo captives audiences weekly throughout the United States with his column, Nanna & Babbononno, which depicts the trials and tribulations of four generations of his family in the United States.

Christoforo will take you on a journey back in time to East Boston in the 1940s and 50s. He will share childhood stories that all ages and backgrounds will enjoy. It is a time of mom and pop stores, the Gem and Seville Theatres, Lombardo’s meat market, Gertie's Lunch, Sabo’s Men’s Store, Fine’s Men’s Shop, the 5 and 10, Goldenberg’s Department Store, Manny’s Men’s Store, John Sava's Market, Benbrock Pharmacy, and so much more!

The event is free and is open to the public.

Establishing a museum that celebrates the rich and diverse history of East Boston has been a dream for residents for years. East Boston’s historical significance ranges from its days as home to master shipbuilder Donald McKay, who built some of the world’s fastest clipper ships to its status as the second-busiest port of entry for immigrants.

While the board of the East Boston Museum project searches for a permanent location, it is looking at several temporary options. However, events such as the Guest Speaker Series allows visitors to see the museum’s potential.

For more information contact:
Theresa Malionek