Saturday, June 17, 2017

Self-defense class at Station A-7 in East Boston

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The class is taught by Boston Police District A-7 Community Service Officers who have been certified to teach the program. The R.A.D. System of Self-Defense is the official self-defense training program of the National Academy of Defense Education. The (RAD) Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques specifically designed for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that focuses on risk awareness, reduction, recognition and avoidance. While the program exposes participants to the basics of hands-on defense training, R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program. The program is open to both women and men. For more information on R.A.D., check out: http://www.rad-systems.com/index.html

Monday, June 12, 2017

N.E. Patriots Super Bowl Trophy coming to June 20 East Boston Kiwanis Club Meeting thanks to Local Author, NFL Player Agent

(EAST BOSTON, June 12) – One of the Super Bowl trophies won by the New England Patriots will be coming to East Boston next week and featured at the Tuesday, June 20 meeting of the East Boston Kiwanis Club. Sean Stellato, an NFL player agent who will be the guest speaker at the club’s meeting, will bring the trophy with him and make it available for photos.

The public is invited to attend the Kiwanis meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. in Spinelli’s Function Hall in Day Square, but tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets are $25 each and must be reserved by Friday, June 16 by contacting Marisa DiPietro at 617-650-3442 or at mdipietro@ebsoc.org.

Mr. Stellato played several seasons in the Arena Football League and today serves as a sports agent for a number of NFL players, including Patriots’ team members Nate Eber and Ryan Allen. Stellato is also the author of “No Backing Down,” an inspirational story about the 1994 Salem High School football team. His book chronicles the 11-day teachers strike and highlights the coach’s controversial decision to continue to coach the team despite a cease-and-desist order. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

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. The Kiwanis Club meets every first and third Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Spinelli’s.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

What's happening at the East Boston Branch of the Public Library this month

JUNE LIBRARY HAPPENINGS


Lecture:  Self Defense Basics:  Monday, June 12th at 6:30 p.m.
Interested in staying safe?  Want to learn methods and techniques to recognize aggression and threatening body language?  Join Kristin Ann, founder of D.Y.A.T.A., for a lector on ways to stay aware, safe, and empowered.




Animal World Experience:  Wednesday, June 14th at 4 p.m.
Meet a variety of exotic animals from around the world.  Children get to truly “experience” mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates like never before.  For ages 4 and up, accompanied by an adult.

Family Yoga: Thursday, June 15th from 6:30-7:30
Join us on the third Thursday of the month from June through August for free yoga on the greenway. Instructor Theresa Okokon will show patrons of all ages how to stretch and move for better health. Bring a mat or towel and water. Don’t have a mat?  Borrow ours!  In inclement weather, we’ll adjourn inside.

Guest Speaker:  Douglas Chavez and Volunteer Fair:  Friday, June 16th from 2-4 p.m.
Join community leader and activist, Douglas Chavez for a conversation about how you can help your community in these challenging times.  RSVP to Margaret Kelly at the East Boston Library, (617) 569-0271The event is sponsored by Encore Boston Network.  “Every child deserves a fair chance. And every older person has something to give.”



Beau Kenyon and the Arneis Quartet: Saturday, June 17th at 1;30 p.m.
Join us for an exciting array of music with Beau Kenyon, BPL’s first Composer-in-Residence, and the Arneis Quartet. The Arneis Quartet will perform an original work by Kenyon as well as selections from the standard classical repertoire.  There will also be an opportunity for students and adults to experiment with stringed instruments in an “Instrument Petting Zoo”  setting supervised by members of the quartet, thanks to the generous support of Johnson String Instruments.



Celebrating the Tall Ships:  Monday, June 19th at 5:30
Join the Friends of the East Boston Branch Library for a packed program celebrating the arrival of the tall ships. The evening's events will include a performance from A Touch of Class, a dramatic reading of Sea Fever by actress Kathleen Monteleone, the unveiling of the restored painting, " The Flying Cloud" and a lecture on the Maritime History of East Boston by local historian, Roberta Marchi. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the East Boston Branch Library.

Inspect Your Gadgets:  Tuesdays, June 20th and 27th from 11a.m.-12 p.m. 
Do you have a smartphone, laptop, or tablet?  Want to get to know your tech better?  Join us for a casual drop-in session to learn about apps, sites and tips you can use to enhance using your devices. Whether you’re a computer whiz or just learning how to use technology, you’ll be able to take home useful information!

Resume Clinic:  Wednesday, June 21st at 4 p.m.
Make a resume or workshop the resume you have, get interview tips, learn how to tie a tie, and discover library resources that will help you prep for exams, master new software, write a cover letter and lots more.

Summer Reading Kick-off Party:  Monday, June 26th starting at 5 p.m.
Come celebrate the start of our Summer Reading program.  We will have ice cream starting at 5 p.m. Then at 7 p.m. the Museum  of Science is bringing live reptiles!  

Nail Art Party:  Thursday, June 29th at 4 p.m.
Get your nails ready for summer.  We’ll provide the supplies. You provide the creativity. Recommended for ages 6 and up. 

Gardening Days;  Thursday from 4-5:30
Thursday afternoons are for gardening in our community plot.  Help us plan, pull weeds, and keep our garden plots green this season.  For gardeners of all ages!

Yu-Gi-Oh Club - Saturdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Are you a teen who enjoys Yu-Gi-Oh! cards? Want to play with other like-minded individuals in the library?  Join us for weekly playing sessions.   No previous knowledge of the game is necessary. . 

Preschool Movies:   Tuesdays from June 20th-August 29th at 10:30a.m.
Join us on for short films featuring some favorite characters.  For all ages, accompanied by an adult.
No movies July 4

Family Storytime: Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. from June 20th  to August 29th
This weekly storytime features books, songs, movement and a craft.  For ages 1-5, accompanied by an adult.  Groups please register in advance.  No storytime on July 4.

Baby Lapsit on Wednesdays at 10:30 from June 21st-August 30th.
Join us for bounces, rhymes, stories, songs, and activities.  For children under 2, accompanied by an adult.

For more information

East Boston Branch Library
365 Bremen Street
East Boston, MA 02128
(6170569-0271

Monday, June 5, 2017

Stephen Passacantilli to Formally Kick Off Campaign for Boston City Council in East Boston

This just in from the Passacantilli campaign:

EAST BOSTON – Stephen Passacantilli, a North End civic leader, Boston Public Schools parent, and former staffer to City Councilor Sal LaMattina will formally launch his campaign for Boston City Council (District 1) in East Boston this week.  Passacantilli's East Boston Kickoff is this Wednesday, June 7 from 6-8pm at the Orient Heights Yacht Club on Bayswater Street.

Passacantilli said, "I'm excited to officially launch my campaign for Boston City Council here in East Boston. I am running for City Council because I want to ensure that all residents of East Boston, Charlestown, and the North End have access to great schools close to home, safe streets, accessible transportation, and top-notch services for our seniors."

He continued, "I have been out knocking on doors, attending community events, and calling East Boston voters, and the response has been incredible. I know how important it is for East Boston to have a real voice in government. I will be a bold, independent voice for our communities, and I will always put you first."

Many know Passacantilli from his years of public service across Boston. He is a lifelong resident of the North End where he has been deeply involved as past president of his local civic association and through local charities and community organizations like North End Against Drugs (NEAD) and the North End Beautification Committee. Passacantilli is also an active Boston Public Schools parent and a member of the Ward 3 Democratic Committee.



Passacantilli and his wife, Renee, are raising their two children, Grace and Evan, just around the corner where he grew up in the North End.

Source:
Contact: Adam Webster
c: (617) 733-3751
e: webster@castlepointpartners.com

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

This just in: Boston East Now Accepting Applications for Artist Live-Work-Sell Apartments

Boston, MA (May 30, 2017) – Trinity Financial and the East Boston CDC announced today that applications are now available for BPDA-certified artists interested in affordable live-work-sell units at the Boston East development.

Located directly on the waterfront in the heart of East Boston, Boston East is a $71 million boutique, mid-rise residential community that features 200 units, including 20 affordable units and six artist live-work-sell units that will be made affordable to individuals and families earning up to 70 percent of Area Median Income. Boston East also features a large, first floor gallery that overlooks the harbor and will showcase work from local and regional artists.

“We’re excited to announce that we now have applications available for artist live-work-sell units at Boston East – a space that provides artists with the opportunity to live in a welcoming environment that fosters creativity, community and the arts,” said Abby Goldenfarb, vice president at Trinity Financial. “Because of its outstanding amenities, eclectic design and ideal location, Boston East is the perfect complement to the thriving arts scene in East Boston.” 

The six artist live-work-sell units will be located on the first floor of Boston East, and they are designed to meet the unique needs of artists through highly-amenitized, spacious apartments, flexible floor plans, and an abundance of natural light. Apartments feature the latest amenities, including GE slate appliances, plank flooring, quartz countertops and custom walk-in closets by Elfa. Artists will also have access to a community gallery and outdoor patio spaces attached to their units where they can sell their work.

For an opportunity to live in this exciting artist community, BPDA-certified artists must submit their completed applications by June 16, 2017. Income restrictions and artist form review apply. Applications are available at 31 Liverpool Street, East Boston, MA or by emailing BostonEastMgr@trinitymanagementcompany.com.

“East Boston is one of the most dynamic neighborhoods in the City, and the arts community is just one of the reasons why it is such a great place to live,” said Goldenfarb. “From local galleries and arts organizations to the ICA’s planned expansion, East Boston offers aspiring artists a rich cultural experience and an inspiring community of collaboration.”

Boston East, which is designed by Boston-based ICON Architecture, is ideally located next door to the Atlantic Works Gallery and the East Boston Artist Group studios at 80 Border Street. It features an acre of open space that includes a number of community outdoor spaces – including multiple decks and a large rooftop lounge. Boston East will also actively engage the waterfront through a harbor walk trail that extends around and past the development. Residents will also have access to onsite paddle boarding, a kayak launch, an indoor gym and a dog washing station.

The interior of Boston East will also feature designs by Los Angeles-based husband and wife duo Robert and Cortney Novogratz, who are known for their eclectic taste and unique style that has been shown on HGTV and in the collaboration with companies such as CB2. In this project, residents can expect the interior to reflect influences from Boston’s rich history and the nearby marinas and shipyards in a non-traditional way.

Trinity Financial is utilizing its vast experience in creating successful market rate luxury living spaces to develop a unique and desirable residential community at Boston East. Among the luxury communities Trinity Financial has developed or has currently in development include One Canal and Avenir, the Carruth and Treadmark buildings in Boston, 66 Summer Street and Vela on the Park in Stamford, CT and Foundry Square in Newburyport.


About Boston East

Located directly on the waterfront, steps from Maverick Square and Central Square, Boston East is a $71 million boutique mid-rise residential community that features 174 market-rate and 26 affordable units, including six artist live-work units. Boston East will allow residents to engage the waterfront through a kayak and paddle board launch and experience uniquely designed apartments and amenity spaces with striking water views. For more information, please visit www.bostoneast.com


Source: 
Laura Wareck
O’Neill and Associates
Vice President
Office: 617-646-1037 
Cell: 978-660-9587

Monday, May 29, 2017

Press release: June 19 EB Public Library event on the Tall Ships


(EAST BOSTON, May 29, 2017) Sail into history on Monday, June 19 with the Friends of the East Boston Branch Library as they present a special program in conjunction with the arrival of the Tall Ships.

The celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. with “A Touch of Class Singers” led by Ed Meridith, followed by 6 p.m. by a reading by actress Kathleen Monteleone of John Masefield’s ‘Sea Fever” accompanied on keyboard by Ed Meridith.

From 6:15-6:30 the restored painting  ‘The Flying Cloud’ will be unveiled.  Art restorer Peter Tysver from the Oliver Brothers firm will describe the process.    

From 6:30 -  7:45 local historian Roberta Marchi will speak on the maritime history of East Boston.

The program takes place at the East Boston Branch Library at 365 Bremen Street.  It is free and open to the public.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information call Susan Brauner at (617) 569-1749.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

In letter to DOT, Rep. Madaro expresses frustration and disappointment in new Sumner Tunnel traffic design.

The following is a letter sent by state Representative Adrian Madaro to the Department of Transportation.


May 23, 2017


Secretary Stephanie Pollack
Massachusetts Department of Transportation
10 Park Plaza, Suite 4160
Boston, MA 02116

Dear Secretary Pollack:

I write to express my extreme frustration and disappointment with the implementation of the new traffic patterns at the Sumner Toll Plaza. This has become a major quality of life issue for East Boston residents who are now dealing with a significant increase in traffic on neighborhood streets causing much longer commutes as well as elevated levels of pollution. The results have been unacceptable and the inequity for East Boston residents must be addressed swiftly.

During the planning of the redesign, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) officials ensured the East Boston community that the new traffic patterns would result in a safer, smoother, and more efficient commute through the tunnel. Instead of improving traffic flow, the new design has created traffic backups unseen in East Boston since the pre-Ted Williams Tunnel days. In fact, the current traffic is even worse. Beyond the impact on commuters, this increase in neighborhood and tunnel traffic has dangerous implications for emergency vehicles that cannot get through the gridlock. 

In the redesign, traffic impacts to the community were not fully considered. On a daily basis, residential streets in East Boston are entirely congested, including streets that never experienced traffic before. While the transition to all-electronic tolls appears to have improved traffic flow in other areas throughout the State, this particular redesign has resulted in a tremendous step backwards. Simply put, East Boston residents deserve better. 

I recognize the ongoing efforts of MassDOT and the Boston Transportation Department to address this issue. However, it has now been over two weeks since the new traffic patterns went into effect and there has been no improvement. In fact, it seems that traffic gets worse by the day. I know that countless engineers from both the City and State are closely monitoring the situation and actively looking for modifications that will improve the flow of traffic. I strongly urge these changes to be put into place immediately. Any such changes must prioritize East Boston residents who deal with the full brunt of the congestion from North Shore drivers trying to get into Downtown Boston, particularly during the morning commute. 

East Boston residents face a number of transportation equity issues due, in part, to our geographic separation from the rest of the City. The Sumner Tunnel serves as a vital connection between our neighborhood, Downtown, Storrow Drive, and I-93 North. MassDOT must acknowledge the deficiencies of the current pattern and utilize the significant resources at its disposal to fix this issue expeditiously.  

Respectfully,


Adrian C. Madaro
State Representative

Monday, May 22, 2017

Boston Globe names city council candidate Lydia Edwards "2017 Game Changer"

District 1 City Council Candidate Lydia Edwards

(BOSTON, MA May 22, 2017) – Lydia Edwards, East Boston resident and candidate for district 1 Boston City Councilor, was named a 2017 Game Changer by the Boston Globe as part of their series highlighting innovation and leadership in the metro Boston area.

The Globe praised Edwards ability to build relationships and conversations among “three constituencies that often can feel as if they’re speaking completely different languages”: tenants, landlords, and city hall to come up with solutions for gentrification and displacement. 

"We have to come up with a way we can talk and have all of us feel like part of the solution," Edwards says. “I am honored to receive this distinction from the Boston Globe and to shed light on this issue.”

Edwards campaign kickoff is taking place in East Boston on Wednesday, May 24th at 5:30PM at La Hacienda located at 150 Meridian Street. All are welcomed to attend. 

Link to Boston Globe article.

Source: Edwards Campaign

May 25: Friends of the East Boston Greenway and the Greenway Council meet

Thursday, May 25, 2017
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Anna DeFronzo Center
395 Maverick Street, East Boston
Near the corner of Jeffries Street


AGENDA

1.  Introductions 

2.  Greenway Safety and Security Update 
Boston Police Dept. District A-7
 Community Services Sergeant Martin and Officer Simons

3.  Greenway Murals
Heidi Schork, The Mayor’s Mural Crew

4.  Climate Ready East Boston
Workshop held May 23

5.  New Business / Old Business


CALENDAR OF MEETINGS
All meetings on 4th Thurs at 6:30 PM

Upcoming meetings: 2017: May 25, June 22, July 27, Aug. 24, Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 16 (note change), Dec. TBD     





Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May 21: Wounded Warriors Bike Run" TheyFoughtWeRide.com



Margaret Farmer announces candidacy for District 1 city council seat

At the invitation of EastBoston.com this week, Margaret Farmer provided the following statement: 

"I am proud to announce my candidacy for Boston City Council, District 1. As a longtime East Boston resident, and a president of the Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association for the past 5 years I have dedicated my time to working on the issues most important to us, including development and transportation.

I have received those 2 AM phone calls about a local fire, and the 7:30 phone calls about trash spread out across the street. I understand that a city councilor has a huge effect on the day to day lives of residents, and can promise that core city services will remain a strong priority while fighting to improve Charlestown, East Boston and the North End for current residents. I will work to promote intelligent, appropriate development while promoting transportation options and continued investments in our schools. At the same time, City Government can, and should, work better for all of our citizens."

Margaret Farmer, Candidate for City Council, District 1

May 22: Gove Street Citizens Association to meet

The Gove Street Citizens Association monthly meeting agenda:

* Update on current status of GSCA area projects.

* Climate Ready East Boston Overview – Climate Presentations Program Manager Mia Goldwasser

* 287 -293 Maverick St. (Pickle Factory)- A proposal to demolish an existing vacant industrial building and erect a 5 story (with setback) mixed-use development of 37 multifamily residential units and café/restaurant at ground level with 31 on-site parking spaces. This project is subject to a BPDA Article 80E-2 small project review. - Attorney Richard Lynds (1st presentation / No vote.)

MEETING DATE: Monday, May 22, 2017

TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

LOCATION - The Noddle Island Community Room located on the first floor of the Logan Airport Rental Car Center situated at the end of Porter Street, just a 4-minute walk from the Embassy Suites Hotel.

DRIVING – Free event parking in front of the building and in the Porter Street parking lot adjacent to the building.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Michael Sinatra on his decision not to seek the District 1 city council seat

Sent to Eastboston.com today: 
"After much discussion with my fiancée and family, I have decided to withdraw from the City Council race. I am getting married in August, so I have many life events to look forward to in the coming months and I want to be able to enjoy this happy and exciting time in my life. With that in mind, it would be unfair to me as well as all the residents of District 1 if I cannot give this campaign the undivided attention that it deserves. Therefore, at this moment in time I have decided to explore other job opportunities that would allow me more time to spend with my new wife and family."
Michael Sinatra, is currently Chief of Staff for Councilor Salvatore LaMattina, who earlier this year announced that he would not seek re-election.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Guest Column: Mayor Martin J. Walsh: Investing in East Boston

Investing in East Boston

By Mayor Martin J. Walsh 

This month, I am proud to put forth a budget for the City of Boston that will make Boston a better place to work, live, and raise a family. At City Hall, we’ve created a plan for our City that will keep Boston financially sound, while making targeted investments towards achieving a thriving, healthy and innovative Boston. Boston’s operating budget totals $3.14 billion, which represents an increase of $143.7 million (or about five percent) over last year’s budget. 

What does this mean for you, your friends and family? When we proposed the City’s budget, we did so knowing many in our City rely on the services we provide, whether it’s senior luncheons, homebuying workshops, recovery services or after-school programs for kids. We also funded projects to enhance our culture and identity such as increasing library services in neighborhoods and the Boston’s Artist in Residence program, which brings art to unexpected corners throughout Boston. Our budget continues to invest in Boston’s strongest asset: our people. 

The City’s budget is big -- that’s why I want to explain how it will affect your neighborhood. 

Community centers are one of the most important features of a neighborhood. Besides providing spaces for gathering, programming and events for children, they tie the community together in friendship and cooperation. The BCYF Paris Street Community Center is getting a major, $12.4 million multi-year renovation to better fit the needs of the East Boston neighborhood. The project includes additional programming space, a Teen Center, a new gym floor, a rock climbing wall and a new fitness area. Behind the scenes, all mechanical systems as well as boilers, windows, exterior and interior door replacements, athletic facility improvements, tele-data upgrades and new furniture and equipment will also be upgraded. 

The BCYF Paris Street Pool is also getting a $5 million investment, $520,000 of which is slated for fiscal year 2018. Renovations include upgrades to the mechanical systems, bathrooms and locker rooms, pool deck, lighting and entry. Noyes Park is also in store for a $3.1 million rehabilitation so that your public space works better for you. 

At the heart of East Boston, Central Square is receiving a $7.85 million investment for urban redesign and improvements with $2.28 million dedicated for FY18 to complete construction. East Boston High School is also getting $4.7 million for new windows. 

It’s our goal that our local improvements tie in to our ultimate goal of improving the safety, accessibility and sustainability of our city while also making it an enjoyable and affordable place to live and work. The short and long term investments are intended to lift up our neighborhoods in ways that take into account the needs and wants of the community. With this budget, we’re preparing our city for the next year, and the years forward. 

What’s the next step for the budget? This month, I submitted the City of Boston’s budget to the Boston City Council, where your City Councilor will review the proposed budget. Once the budget is approved, it will go into effect. This is the budget for fiscal year 2018, meaning the budget will take effect in July 2017, and run throughout the next 12 months. 

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to look through the budget proposal, online at budget.boston.gov. Together, I look forward to investing in our neighborhoods, and our people. 



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

My analysis of last week's MA Jobs Number and URate.  

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April 27: Friends of the East Boston Greenway with the East Boston Greenway Council

Meeting Notice

Thursday, Apr. 27, 2017
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Anna DeFronzo Center
395 Maverick Street, East Boston
Near the corner of Jeffries Street

AGENDA

1.  Introductions

2.  Greenway Safety and Security Update  Boston Police Dept. District A-7 Community Services Sergeant Martin and Officer Simons

3.  Greenway Flooding
Update from Robert Rottenbucher, City of Boston, Parks Dept. Chief  Engineer
Update from Kannan:  Flooding Exacerbation (Editorial note: 
Rottenbucher, will give a brief presentations about the flooding on the Greenway causes and solutions.)

4.  Youth Conservation Corps
    Linton Harrington, The Trustees


5.  New Business / Old Business
Laura Jasinski and Vidya Tikku, The Trustees:  Waterfront Initiative Connection
    E-mail update from Massport

CALENDAR OF MEETINGS
All meetings on 4th Thurs at 6:30 PM

Upcoming meetings: 2017:    Apr, 27, May 25, June 22, July 27, Aug. 24, Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 16 (note change), Dec. TBD  


 




Friday, April 21, 2017

My latest piece over at NewBostonPost.com

Titled, "Ambitious City Projects Benefiting from Building Boom in Boston," https://shar.es/1F3Fbr, the article examines the good luck Boston's enjoying as a result of the building boom. 

Gove Street Citizens Association to meet Monday, April 24

GOVE STREET CITIZENS ASSOCIATION
The Gove Street Citizens Association monthly meeting agenda:

* Update on current status of GSCA area projects.

* Additional Dwelling Units Pilot Program Update – ISD Commissioner William Christopher

* 287 -293 Maverick St. (Pickle Factory)- A proposal to demolish an existing vacant industrial building and erect a 6 story (with set-back) mixed-use development of 37 multifamily residential units and café/restaurant at ground level with 31 on-site parking spaces. This project is subject to a BPDA Article 80E-2 small project review. - Attorney Richard Lynds (1st presentation / No vote.)

MEETING DATE: Monday, April 24, 2017  
TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
LOCATION - The Noddle Island Community Room located on the first floor of the Logan Airport Rental Car Center situated at the end of Porter Street, just a 4-minute walk from the Embassy Suites Hotel.
DRIVING – Free event parking in front of the building and in the Porter Street parking lot adjacent to the building. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

News Advisory: Boston’s “CityKids Skate Jam” this Saturday (4/22)

What: CityKids, the community service initiative for Boston youth and children sponsored by City Realty, joins up with Orchard Skate Shop to host a non-competitive skateboard event for youths of all ages.

When: Saturday, April 22  from 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: East Boston Skate Park, Umana Academy, 312 Border Street, Boston

Summary:

Some of the city’s finest skateboarders will swap turns with kids who are “just learning” on a five-obstacle course at the CityKids Skate Jam this Saturday at Umana Academy’s Skate Park.

Contests, raffles and refreshments will be made available to participants. The event is free to skateboarders and spectators.

The first-time event is sponsored by City Realty, Orchard Skate Shop, New Balance, and Boston’s Neighborhood of Affordable Housing.

Contacts:

Media Relations: Andrew Scherding
(508) 246-6664
ascherding@qmarketinginc.com

City Realty Event Coordinator:
Kristi Martorana
(617) 637-0306
kristi@crmpropertymanagement.com

Thursday, April 13, 2017

David Arinella speaks at Mayor's East Boston press conference announcing local capital improvements


From today's press conference in Central Square announcing the city's capital plan for FY 2018 to FY2022.
"I want to give a shout out to Mayor Walsh for not forgetting us on this side of the water and for making East Boston more than just viable. It's now HD. HD is not high-def. East Boston is highly desirable." -David Arinella, East Boston Foundation and East Boston Athletic Board. 
Video from EastBoston.com.   Text of remarks. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association Meeting Agenda: April 11

Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association Meeting Agenda
TUESDAY April 11th 7pm  ( Because of Passover)
Jeffries Point Yacht Club
565 Sumner Street.

Agenda: 

  • Police -  Updates by Sgt. James Martin & Officer Danny Simmons .
  • Commissioner William Christopher from ISD ( Inspectional services dept.) - To discuss the City's Pilot of an Additional Dwelling Units (ADU) program. 
  • 287 Maverick Street ( Vote ) - Demolition of existing buildings. New construction of mixed-use building with 37 condos, commercial space (coffee shop) plus residential parking. Atty R. Lynds/ Developer MG2


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Discover East Boston at the 17th Annual Open Studios Weekend

The 17th annual East Boston Open Studios takes place on Saturday April 22nd and Sunday April 23rd from noon to 6 pm at the Atlantic Works artist studio building located at 80 Border Street in East Boston.

East Boston Open Studios is an annual arts event that gives the public and artists an opportunity to connect, converse and see original art work. The Atlantic Works artist studio building is a community of professional artists with works on view and for sale, including: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, printmaking, jewelry, and more. 




The Open Studios weekend will also include music, performances and artwork at ZUMIX at 260 Sumner Street (open Saturday only), artwork celebrating Earth Day created by the kids from the Shining Star Day Care Center, working with the National Art Honor Society students from Revere High School on display at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church at 28 Paris Street and artwork on display at the Eastie.com office at 42 Maverick Street. 

On view at the Atlantic Works Gallery at 80 Border Street will be “Landscape of Memory” by Melissa Shook  and  “…And Things That Remain” by Walter Kopec.  

The Open Studios event is supported by a grant from the East Boston Foundation with administrative support from ZUMIX and with generous sponsorship from the East Boston Savings Bank, Trinity Development - Boston/East and Eastie/Fast Forward Realty Eastie.com. 

Come see what makes East Boston shine: the art and the people; a diverse, cultured community on Boston Harbor. Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art recently announced plans to expand to an industrial site in East Boston stating that they “are honored to be a part of the East Boston landscape, a community that has long championed the arts, public parks, and the waterfront”.

The Atlantic Works building at 80 Border Street is a quick 5-minute walk from the Maverick Station on the Blue Line. If driving, there is plenty of free on-street parking. 

For more information, a list of participating artists, and directions to the studio building, visit our website at www.eastbostonartists.org. You can email us at artist@eastbostonartists.org, and follow us on Facebook @East Boston Artists Group, or on Twitter @eastbostonart.

Friday, March 31, 2017

The latest GDP figures for 4th Quarter 2016

Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 2.1 percent in the fourth and final quarter of 2016. This latest report is the third estimate of U.S. GDP from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Real GDP for 2016 grew at a 1.6 percent. 

Here is my commentary on yesterday's report.



Saturday, March 25, 2017

Real estate firm donates 10 laptop computers to Boston school’s autism program.

(EAST BOSTON) As she and other teachers worked with students in the autism program at East Boston’s Samuel Adams School, Michelle Lamacchia faced a major obstacle early this year.

The teaching curriculum that her staff follows — developed by the New England Center for Children and approved by the Boston public school system — had changed to an online system which required periodic use of computers by faculty and administrators. 

Yet the school had no budget for new computer equipment. 

Lamacchia and Irvin reached out to Boston real estate firm City Realty Group, which operates a non-profit community service organization named CityKids. 

Staffers from the company visited the school last month, and this week the children and teachers from the autism strand at the Adams school gathered in the school’s auditorium to get a first look at 10 new laptop computers presented by Stephen Whalen, managing partner of City Realty.

The donation “will enable all of our teachers to have the technology to use this curriculum to its potential,” Lamacchia said.  “Ultimately, this will lead to greater gains for our students.”

Whalen said the donation is one part of his firm’s youth program: intended to provide the children of Boston with unique experiences and educational resources. Over the past year the company has donated 250 Chromebook computers to area schools and youth organizations. The program also sponsors healthy events and outings for teen-agers, playground cleaning and restorations, and a summer jobs program.

"The kids of this city will shape Boston’s future," Whalen said. "As a local business, we feel an obligation to help the schools and equip them with the tools necessary for a successful education."
At the Adams school, which teaches children from pre-kindergarten through 5th grade, "our early childhood team not only teaches our students the skills they need in order to learn, but also makes school a fun, inviting, and safe place to learn," Lamacchia said. I am so proud of this program and the team of professionals that we have here at the Adams.”

Source:   ANDREW SCHERDING l 
(508) 246-6664; 
ascherding@qmarketinginc.com






February Report: Massachusetts adds 10,100 jobs; U-Rate at 3.4 percent

My latest research note, on Thursday's Massachusetts jobs release, can be found here (PDF).

Sunday, March 12, 2017

April 29: Bay State Chapter of Freedoms Foundation to Present 'Hero Awards' to Officer who saved colleague during shooting in East Boston

Winthrop Residents Mia Martucci, Sheryl Howard, and USMC Sgt. Andrew Bigio to be Honored with George Washington Honor Medals at Ceremonies set for April 29 in East Boston

(EAST BOSTON, March 12, 2017)  The Bay State Chapter of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge will present Hero Awards to two Boston Police officers who helped to save the life of a colleague wounded during a shooting incident in East Boston back in October 2016. During a ceremony in East Boston next month, the Chapter will also present prestigious national George Washington Honor Medals to Winthrop residents Mia Martucci, Sheryl Howard, and U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. (Retired) Andrew Biggio. 

      The awards will be presented at the Bay State Chapter’s 38st Annual Awards Luncheon on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 1 p.m., in Spinelli’s Banquet Facility, Day Square in East Boston. Tickets are $50, and can be purchased from Vice President for Awards Dottie D’Onofrio at (617) 539-3092 or donofrio35@aol.com or from Chapter Secretary Marisa Di Pietro at (617) 650-3442 or mdipietro@ebsoc.org. 

      The two Boston Police officers, Sgt. Norberto Perez and SWAT Team Officer Clifton Singletary, were among the officers responding to a domestic issue in an East Boston apartment when gunfire erupted and two officers were severely wounded. Despite a hail of bullets all around them, Sgt. Perez and Officer Singletary were able to pull one of their colleagues out of harm’s way and their efforts to pinch-off a bleeding artery and apply a tourniquet to his leg helped to save his life. The two officers are being honored with the Chapter’s first-ever Hero Awards for their extraordinary and exemplary life-saving act.
      
      Mia Martucci is 12 years old and a resident of Winthrop. She is being honored with the George Washington Honor Medal for her five years of dedicated fundraising for the Boston Children’s Hospital Cancer Research Center, along with her toy drive to help lift the spirit of the children waging their battle against cancer at the Boston hospital.

      Sheryl Howard of Winthrop is being honored with the George Washington Honor Medal for her “Veterans Honor Project.” She involved many participants from numerous town organizations to ensure that Veterans Road in Winthrop would be adorned with the American flag on every utility pole as a respectful remembrance for those who served the country in military service. 
      
      USMC Sgt. (Retired) Andrew Biggio of Winthrop is being honored with the George Washington Honor Medal for his leadership and dedication in helping wounded veterans. He is the founder of the “They Fought We Ride” fundraising project where more than 6,000 motorcyclists from near and far join in a ride through many communities in the Boston area, raising thousands of dollars that are used to assist wounded warriors.
      
      Bay State Chapter Founder and Executive Director, Judge Joseph V. Ferrino (Retired), will also welcome head table guests: Boston Police Commissioner William Evans; and guest speaker Carolyn Santagelo, Director of Educational Programs and Awards at the national office of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, PA.

Tickets to the Bay State Chapter awards luncheon will include a sit-down, full-menu offering at Spinelli’s.

      Freedoms Foundation honors Americans who go above and beyond in their efforts to educate their communities about the values of good citizenship. The foundation has recognized several thousand dedicated individuals and organizations in its 65-year existence. Freedoms Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching all citizens the principles upon which our nation was founded. The organization seeks to convey the close link between the rights and the responsibilities of citizens in a free society. Further information about the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge can found here.

Source: Ed Coletta, Freedoms Foundation

Friday, March 10, 2017

Research commentary on today's U.S. Employment Situation

My latest research note on the U.S. Employment situation can be found here.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Ward 1 Democrats elect delegates to state convention


Registered Democrats in East Boston held a caucus at the Mario Umana Academy on March 3, 2017 to elect twenty (20) delegates and four (4) alternates to the 2017 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, where Democrats from across Massachusetts will gather to adopt a new Party Platform.

The Convention will be held on Saturday, June 3rd at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell.

The ten (10) female delegates elected were:
Lydia Edwards,
Fi Nguyen,
Vicki Dzinzidashvili,
Jane O'Reilly,
Celeste Ribeiro Myers,
Susanna Starrett,
Magdalena Ayed,
Margaret Farmer,
Sandra Aleman-Nijjar and
Claudia Y. Correa.

The nine (9) male delegates elected were:
Joe Ruggiero,
David Halbert,
Adrian Velazquez,
Anthony Gesualdi,
Zachary Hollopeter,
John Ribeiro,
Phil Brangiforte,
Stephen Mazzarella and
Richard Carvalho.

There were also three (3) alternates elected and they were
Claudia Sierra,
Richard Carvalho and
Liana LaMattina.

The following Massachusetts Democrats shall serve as ex-officio Delegates to the Convention with full voting privileges:
Adrian Madaro, State Representative,
Carol Aloisi, Treasurer Democratic State Party,
Gabriela Coletta, State Committeewoman, and
Michael Sulprizio, Chairman Ward 1 Democratic Committee.

In the spirit of inclusion, youth, minorities, and people with disabilities who are not elected as delegates or alternates may apply to be add-on delegates, either at their caucus or online at www.massdems.org

For more information on the caucus or the committee please contact Michael Sulprizio at Msulprizio@comcast.net / 617-438-0952 or check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ward1dems/ or  follow them on Twitter @ward1demsEB.

Source: Press Release  Michael Sulprizio, 617-438-0952 or msulprizio@comcast.net

Monday, March 6, 2017

March 13: Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association

Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association
Meeting Agenda for Monday March 13,2017
7pm at the Jeffries Point Yacht Club
565 Sumner street.

Agenda -

Police updates - Sgt, James Martin & Officer Danny Simons.

296-298 Marginal - Atty Diane Modica, demolition of an existing structure and construction of residential units with parking .    Vote

3 Lamson - Demolish structures and add multi unit with parking - Vote

Sail Boston - Discussing Tall Ships that are coming to Boston in June .

Harbor Keepers -  Magdalena

254-256 Everett street -  Mutli unit with parking .  Atty Richard Lynds - Vote

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

March 4: East Boston Democrats to elect delegates to state convention

Registered Democrats in East Boston will be holding a caucus at the Mario Umana Academy, 312 Border Street, on March 4th at 11:00am to elect twenty (20) delegates and four (4) alternates to the 2017 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, where Democrats from across Massachusetts will gather to adopt a new Party Platform. The Convention will be held on Saturday, June 3rd at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell. 

“People are excited about politics and want to make a difference. Our caucuses are a great opportunity for those who are interested to get involved,” commented Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair Gus Bickford. “Delegates will be voting on our Party Platform in Lowell, and we want to make sure that every Democrat has a voice. This is a time to come together and speak to our shared Democratic values.” 

The caucus is open to all registered and pre-registered Democrats in East Boston, and the Democratic Committee welcomes participants. Pre-registered Democrats who will be age 18 by Sept 11, 2018, the anticipated date of the primary, will be able to participate in caucuses and run for delegate. 

Delegates will be divided equally between men and women, and all ballots will be written and secret. In the spirit of inclusion, youth, minorities, and people with disabilities who are not elected as delegates or alternates may apply to be add-on delegates, either at their caucus or online at www.massdems.org 

For more information on the caucus or the committee please contact Michael Sulprizio at Msulprizio@comcast.net / 617-438-0952 or check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ward1dems/ or  follow them on Twitter @ward1demsEB.

Source: Michael Sulprizio, 617-438-0952 or msulprizio@comcast.net

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Feb. 23 Meeting: Friends of the East Boston Greenway with the EB Greenway Council

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Anna DeFronzo Center
395 Maverick Street, East Boston
Near the corner of Jeffries Street

AGENDA

1.  Introductions 

2.  Greenway Safety and Security Update 
Boston Police Dept. District A-7 Community Services Sergeant Martin and Officer Simons

3.  Greenway Flooding:  Galen’s proposal for elevated walkway; Galen was to discuss with Parks Dept.

4.  Greenway Extension to Belle Isle Marsh and Winthrop
Mark Warren
Gretchen Schneider Rabinkin

5.  New Business / Old Business

CALENDAR OF MEETINGS: All meetings on 4th Thurs at 6:30 PM

Upcoming meetings: 2017:
Feb. 23, 
Mar. 23, 
Apr, 27, 
May 25, 
June 22, 
July 27,       
Aug. 24, 
Sept. 28, 
Oct. 26, 
Nov. 16 (note change), 
Dec. TBD

Events at the East Boston Branch Library

Bhangra Dance for Teens and Adults
Join us for our Bhangra dance class Mondays, February 27 and March 6 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Bhangra has traveled around the world in pop culture, films and even electronic music.  Learn how to do bhangra dance, the traditional dance of the Punjab region of India.  We’ll celebrate our last class with traditional Indian refreshments, and students may choose to have their final class dance filmed to take home. 

Learn to Knit!
Learn basic knitting techniques and make your own blanket, hat or headband.  Bring your own needles and yarn - materials will not be provided. Knitting takes place on Mondays, February  28 and March 6th from 6-8. For teens and adults. Stop by the library or email mkelly@bpl.org for a list of suggested projects and supplies. 

English Conversation Group
Join us for English language practice with fellow language learners on Thursdays at 6:15 p.m. 

ESL Intermediate English Class
A weekly adult intermediate English class for people with some English experience.  Meets Friday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Mid-Winter  Storytimes at the East Boston Branch Library
Sing Along:  A weekly half hour of everyone’s favorite songs which meets on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.(Runs Feb. 7th-March 28th)   For all ages, accompanied by an adult.

Family Storytime on Tuesdays at 11:15 - This weekly storytime for ages 1-5, accompanied by an adult features books, songs movement, and a craft.  Groups please register in advance. (Runs February 7th-March 28th)

Baby Lapsit on Wednesdays at 10:30- Join us for bounces, rhymes, stories, songs, and activities.  For children under 2, accompanied by an adult. Runs Feb. 8-March 29.

Homework Help
High school students help children in grades K – 8,Monday through Thursday from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. A Boston Public School teacher provides homework help on Mondays and Thursdays from
 4 – 6 p.m.No registration is necessary. 

Yu-Gi-Oh Club
Are you a child or a teen who enjoys Yu-Gi-Oh! cards? Join us for our weekly Yu-Gi-Oh! Gaming sessions on Saturdays at 1 p.m. We ask that individuals come with their own set of cards to play.  No previous knowledge of the game is necessary. For ages 6 and up. 

“Pajama Party on February 21st at 4 p.m.
Enjoy a waffle bar and decorate your own pillowcase. Wear your pajamas! For all ages. Please bring a pair of new pajamas for babies, children, or teens to donate to our pajama drive.

School Vacation Movie
. Join us for our special School Vacation movie, Star Wars:The Force Awakens on Wednesday, February 22nd @ 1:00 pm!!!

All-Ages Snow Bunny Crafternoon
Crafters from ages 5 to 95 can come make a snow bunny to keep or give away on Thursday, February 23rd from 5:00-7:30 p.m.Sew and no-sew versions will be available to make participation easy for everyone.We will provide patterns, fabric (you are welcome to bring your own, too!), a sewing machine, and sundries. Young crafters must be accompanied by a parent to help with craft materials

The Pineapple Project
Please join us on Friday, February 24th at 2:30 p.m. for the Pineapple Project, an original play about gender, creativity, and each child’s freedom to be who they are. “The Pineapple Project was born during a moment of play between actor Mal Malme and her  niece in which her niece said” Boys Can’t be Princesses.!” As a gender non-conforming person and theater artist, Mal couldn’t ignore this statement. This led Mal and colleagues Becca A. Lewis and Renee Farster-Degenhardt to create a theatre piece for children ages 3-8 to broaden the gender conversation and validate each child’s identity.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Jeffries Point Meeting: February 13

Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association
Meeting agenda for Monday Feb. 13th 7pm
Jeffries Point Yacht Club
565 Sumner street.

Agenda -

  • Police - Sgt Martin , Officer Simmons
  • JPNA presentation on Slow Streets
  • Loftel Hotel - New owners meeting residents and give updates

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Ward 1 Democratic Committee Meeting Rescheduled to January 26

The Ward 1 Democratic Committee has rescheduled the meeting previously scheduled for January 12th. The meeting is now scheduled for Thursday, January 26, 2017 to be held at 6:00pm at the Salesian Boys & Girls Club, 150 Byron St., East Boston.

The ward committee will select a date for the caucus to elect delegates to attend the Democratic Convention. 

The convention will take place June 3, 2017 in Lowell. 

The Committee will also be joined by Senator Joe Boncore who will serve as the guest speaker for this meeting. 

All Democrats are welcome to attend the meeting. 

Questions? Contact Ward 1 chairman Michael Sulprizio at msulprizio@comcast.net. You can also follow the Ward Committee on Twitter @ward1demsEB or “Like” us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ward1dems/

Agenda 1/26/2017

1. calling the roll of members
2. reading the minutes of the previous meeting
3. report of the Treasurer
4. report of other officers and of committees or sub-committees
5. reading of communications
6. unfinished business - new business

  • Guest Speaker Senator Joseph Boncore
  • Set date for caucus 
  • Discuss vacancies 

7. comment period
8. adjournment

Saturday, January 21, 2017

"Love Here We Come" by East Boston's Dee Stiletto

Worth a spin! My friend Dee's got a great voice! Feel the passion!

 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Jan. 23: Gov Street Citizens Association Monthly Meeting

The Gove Street Citizens Association monthly meeting agenda:
  • Update on current status of GSCA area projects.
  • Is ‘Imagine Boston 2030’ climate ready? / New South Boston zoning proposals – Open Discussion
  • 114 Orleans St. (Rick’s Auto) - Proposal to erect a six-story, with setback, residential building, with 28 market-rate condominiums and 15 parking spaces located on the ground floor. (Article 80 Small Project Review Process) – Attorney Jeffrey Drago (3rd Presentation with project changes/ No vote to be taken)
MEETING DATE: Monday, January 23, 2017

TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

LOCATION - The Noddle Island Community Room located on the first floor of the Logan Airport Rental Car Center situated at the end of Porter Street, just a 4-minute walk from the Embassy Suites Hotel.        

DRIVING – Free event parking in front of the building and in the Porter Street parking lot adjacent to the building.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

January 26: 21st Annual Taste of Eastie

East Boston, MA (January 9, 2017) – East Boston Main Streets Proudly Presents the 21st Annual Taste of Eastie on Thursday, January 26th, 2017.

East Boston Main Streets invites the public to the 21st Annual Taste of Eastie at the Hilton Boston Logan Airport Hotel on Thursday, January 26th, 2017 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Food and fun highlight this wonderful evening including raffles and auctions. 

Over 30 local food merchants will showcase their delicious cuisine, including tastes from South and Central America, the Mediterranean, China, the Middle East, and Italy. 

Tickets are $30.00 ($35.00 at the door) and can be purchased online at https://tasteofeastie2017.eventbrite.com or in person at MP&CO at 36 Maverick Sq. or the Main Streets office at 154 Maverick Street, as well as at the Maverick Market Cafe at 154 Maverick St.

For more details please contact EBMS at director@ebmainstreets.com or call 617-561-1044.




EBMS is a non-profit corporation. Its 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.