Thursday, October 19, 2017

October 28: Massachusetts Italian American Police Officers Association to hold 49th Annual Awards


The Massachusetts Italian American Police Officers Association will be holding our 49th Annual Awards Banquet at the Hillview Country Club, 149 North St., North Reading, MA, on Saturday, October 28, starting at 6pm.  Tickets are $60 per person or $550 for a table of 10.

DIGNATARIES in ATTENDANCE; RECOGNITION AWARDS:

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito
Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans
A7 Captain Kelley McCormick, East Boston District 7
Director of Customs & Border Patrol, Mr. William Ferrara
Middlesex Sheriff Koutoujian

This year we will be honoring Boston Police District 7 Sergeant Norberto Perez, and Officers Eric Schmidt, Richard Cintolo, and Matthew Morris, as well Boston Police Officers Lenin Ortiz and Clifton Singletary, with the ITAPO Medal of Valor, for their outstanding service in the heroic efforts against an armed suspect on October 12, 2016, in Orient Heights, East Boston.

In past years we have honored Boston Police Officer John Moynihan, who was shot in the face by a gang member in Roxbury, as well as Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and Boston Firefighters Lt. Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy who were both killed while battling a fire on Beacon St. in 2014, along with Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn.

Last year we honored Boston Police Officers Eric MacPherson, Ellys Lee, and Michael Taylor of the Youth Violence Strike Force, and Detective James Coyne with the ITAPO Medal of Valor, for their outstanding service in the heroic shooting of an armed suspect firing at responding officers on Stanwood St., Roxbury, in February of 2016. 

Also receiving awards at the 2016 Awards Banquet were former President of the Red Sox, Larry Lucchino, and the family of former Navy Seal Glen Doherty who was killed in Benghazi defending the American embassy from terrorists. 

Also expected to attend this year is Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and A7 Captain Kelley McCormick.

Thanks and hope to see you and members of your organizations for a good cause supporting Italian-Americans and police officers.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mayor Walsh, Massport announce new commitments to East Boston


City and Massport to partner on key projects to enhance East Boston neighborhoods

BOSTON - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) today announced new commitments to the residents of East Boston, including Phase II of Piers Park on Boston Harbor, additional funding for the East Boston Foundation, operational funding for a new senior center for East Boston residents, and a traffic study to help mitigate congestion on Neptune Road. These commitments were identified as high impact projects by both the City of Boston and the community members and organizations of the Logan Impact Advisory Group (LIAG) through their review process for both the Terminal E modernization and the addition of 5,000 new parking spaces.

"I am proud to partner with Massport to enhance the thriving neighborhood of East Boston. These projects build on our commitment to provide new and additional pathways for economic mobility and avenues to improve quality of life for residents," said Mayor Walsh. "From improving and building upon our green spaces, to enhancing our streetscape, to providing members of our communities a new place to gather, when we invest in and improve our neighborhoods together, great things happen."

Mayor Walsh announced a new Orient Heights Senior Center to serve the senior residents of East Boston, with Massport providing operational funding for this important project. The City of Boston will help facilitate this plan, with vital input from the community incorporated into all aspects of the project.

"Community spaces and engaging programming create meaningful connections in our neighborhoods that are important for older adults," said Emily Shea, Commissioner on Affairs of the Elderly. "We look forward to continuing to build supports and services here in East Boston."

"As one of Logan Airport's host communities, East Boston has been impacted by the airport in many ways, and today, I'm proud to join my colleagues from the City of Boston and Massport to announce these new commitments which will, no doubt, have positive impacts on East Boston for many years to come," said State Senator Joseph Boncore.

The award-winning Piers Park is an active community center in East Boston with lush greenscapes, playground equipment, exercise equipment and a pier extending into Boston Harbor with gazebos highlighting the neighborhoods of East Boston. The park features some of the most spectacular views of the Boston skyline. Opened in 1995, the park won the 2014 "Best of Boston" Award for "Best Green Space" in the city. Several local organizations offer programming in the park, such as free concerts from Zumix, exercise offerings such as tai chi and yoga and the annual Eastie Pride Day.

"These commitments present exciting opportunities for East Boston and are the result of a collaborative, community-driven dialogue among local stakeholders," said State Representative Adrian Madaro. "A ten-year extension and increased funding for the East Boston Foundation, a new senior center, and an expanded Piers Park will have lasting impacts on our neighborhood that residents will enjoy for generations."

The extensive planning process for the highly anticipated Piers Park II is already underway as a collaborative effort between Massport and the residents of East Boston. The Piers Park Advisory Committee, an advisory group made up of East Boston residents, will work with Massport and its design and construction consultants to oversee the development of the park. The design, bid and construction process of Piers Park II will boast 4.5 acres of active green space and be located adjacent to the existing Piers Park. When added together, both parks will boast over ten acres of greenspace for the East Boston community.

"The partnership between the City of Boston and Massport on these important promises to the East Boston community will lead to improvements in the lives of a wide range of residents and I am looking forward to seeing these commitments come to life in the coming years," said Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina.  

In addition, Massport will also allocate funds toward the East Boston Foundation to enhance the community of East Boston and the organizations that contribute to the betterment of the neighborhoods within it. Created by Massport in 1997, the East Boston Foundation has provided more than $10 million in financial support to 95 community programs that benefit children, adults and seniors- from sports and recreation to education, training and childcare.

"As both a lifelong resident of East Boston and a member of the Massport Board, today is particularly special as we celebrate these significant commitments to the community," said Massport Board Member John Nucci. "I look forward to seeing Piers Park II grow alongside Piers Park I, one of the centerpieces of community life in East Boston, as well as continued support of the East Boston Foundation including funding regarding a senior center for our elders, and the commitment to a study of Neptune Road's traffic impacts."

In partnership with the Boston Transportation Department, Massport will also fund a traffic study to help mitigate congestion on Neptune Road extending to Day Square. Nitsch Engineering is working to complete the study, which includes traffic counts at eight intersections and five road segments, completed GIS maps of study area, including identification of land uses, and the building of a digital traffic analysis for the study area.

"We are proud to stand here with the community of East Boston and the leadership of the Mayor and the City of Boston as we celebrate four major commitments that Massport has made to the people of East Boston," said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. "Piers Park II, the traffic study for Neptune Road, funding to the East Boston Foundation and the Orient Heights Senior Center will contribute to the already vibrant community of East Boston."

Neptune Road is challenging for pedestrians as well as for drivers of large trucks who frequently have difficulty navigating the u-turn from the northbound off-ramp to 1A southbound due to an inadequate turning radius. This problem for oversized vehicles contributes to traffic delays on Neptune Road, a key connection for access to Route 1A, to Logan International Airport, for shuttle buses and other motor vehicles traveling between East Boston and Chelsea, and for local traffic.

"BTD is pleased to have this opportunity to partner with Massport on this transportation study as it is an opportunity to create a 'complete street' design for Neptune Road that is in keeping with our Go Boston 2030 and Vision Zero goals to provide safe and efficient access for all users of Boston's roadways," said Boston Transportation Department Commissioner Gina N. Fiandaca. "Through this process, we will take a forward-thinking approach to transportation management, looking at evolving transportation needs, changing roadway use and capacity on Neptune Road. Our focus will be on creating a comprehensive design that will work to mitigate current and future traffic impacts and enhance the surrounding East Boston community."

Massport and the community of East Boston have worked to build a strong partnership over the years. Through supporting youth employment at Piers Park Sailing Center, providing scholarship funds to students of East Boston High School, and creating safe and inviting green space for residents to enjoy, Massport and East Boston are continuing to work to make the community one of the most desirable urban areas to live in Massachusetts.

ABOUT MASSPORT
The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field, and Worcester Regional Airport. Massport is a financially self-sustaining public authority whose premier transportation facilities generate more than $15 billion annually and enhance and enable economic growth and vitality in New England. For more information, please visit massport.com.

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Source: Mayor's Press Office 10/17

Monday, October 16, 2017

Margaret Farmer Endorses Lydia Edwards for City Council

BOSTON (October 16, 2017) — East Boston resident and former candidate for Boston City Council Margaret Farmer endorsed Lydia Edwards for Boston city councilor.

“The issues that face the City of Boston, District 1 are complex, intertwining and far- reaching,”  says Farmer. “With a $3.1 Billion dollar budget to oversee, there is nothing “nuts and bolts” about the job for Boston City Councilor. Their work affects the lives of every resident, visitor, and business in the City of Boston, all day, every day. Lydia Edwards understands this. Lydia has worked in our community to effect far-reaching change and protect our most vulnerable residents.”

“For these, and so many more reasons, I support Lydia Edwards for Boston City Council.”

“I am extremely grateful for Margaret’s support” says Edwards. “She ran a strong, issues-driven race and helped bring into focus the top priorities of our district. Margaret and I listened to thousands of residents throughout the campaign and it’s clear what the requirements are for our next city councilor: responsiveness, accessibility, and creative-thinking in tackling some of our most complex problems.”

“I am confident that with vested community leaders like Margaret we can work together to continue building bridges and move our district forward.”

Farmer adds to the growing list of recent endorsements for Lydia including State Representative Adrian Madaro of East Boston; members of the Boston state delegation State Senator Linda Dorcena Dorry, State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, State Representative Russell Holmes; City Councilor Andrea Campbell, Suffolk County Register of Probate Felix Arroyo Sr., the Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund, and the Working Families Party.

Edwards, a public interest attorney and community advocate, has spent her career fighting for women and working families. In her role as the Deputy Director of the city’s new Office of Housing Stability, she found innovative solutions to mitigating Boston’s housing crisis and stood up for vulnerable members of our community by co-founding East Boston’s community soup kitchen.

Lydia promises to bring a bold, independent voice with a fresh perspective to City Hall and her top priorities include ensuring pathways to homeownership for all residents, quality public schools for local families, responsible community-driven development, and reliable transportation.

Edwards is a resident of East Boston with her husband, Rogerio, a licensed electrician and small business owner.

Lydia’s next East Boston event is an open reception co-host by State Representative Adrian Madaro on Monday, October 23rd at 5:30 PM at Angela’s Cafe in Orient Heights at 1012 Bennington Street in East Boston. All are welcomed to come and seniors are complimentary. For more information, please call Gabriela (617) 329-5172.

The general election will take place on Tuesday November, 7th. For more information please visit: www.lydiaedwards.org.


Source: Edwards Campaign

Friday, October 13, 2017

Two East Boston residents win a Pick Up each at STAR Awards

Local union members, Julia Cora and Oscar Mendoza each win new Pickup Truck as part of Safety Training and Recognition festivities.

BOSTON, MA (October 13, 2017)- Members of the Painters and Allied Trades District Council 35 celebrated safety recently with an afternoon full of fun and recreation. The annual "STAR" awards – short for Safety Training and Recognition -- were held to acknowledge workers who had completed key industry safety training. One example would be the PFT training (Pulmonary Function Testing) to ensure proper use of respirators on the job to keep workers safe and healthy.




The event hosted over 1,400 IUPADT DC 35 members and family. There were two winners of the grand prize, Julia Cora and Oscar Mendoza, both from East Boston and each one took a Pickup Truck home. Jose Acevedo of Lawrence won an Indian Motorcycle, while Salvatore Gutierrez of Nashua, New Hampshire, won a Boston Whaler.  Door prizes this year included a new pair of Red Wing Boots, T-shirts, YETI travel mugs and drink koozies.

The Union hosts this event every year as a way to bring together the members and their families and to celebrate the importance of safety and training.

“Community and safety are a big part of our values here at IUPADT DC35. We organize this event so that our hardworking members have a chance to let loose and have fun with their families while also underscoring the importance of safety training. We want to ensure that training is incentivized and adhered to so that our members can stay safe and healthy on the job – and come home every day to their families," said Jeff Sullivan, IUPAT DC 35 Business Manager.

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Source: 617MediaGroup

Tech Goes Home: Free computer training through East Boston APAC



Tech Goes Home is a computer-based program with the goal of ensuring that all low-come residents of Greater Boston are equipped with the tools, training, and access to support the development of 21st Century skills. The TGH program offers resident the ability to improve their quality of life as new  member of the online community.

What's included for Boston residents?

  • 15 Hours of  Computer training
  • A web-based curriculum designed to help you access resources throughout the internet.
  • The option to purchase a brand new computer for just $50
  • Help in accessing significantly discounted high-speed internet for qualified participants


If you interested in participating or have any questions, Speak to a staff at ABCD East Boston APAC or Call 617-567-8857


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

November 17: Salesian Boys & Girls Club 11th Annual Pasta Dinner





Join our Salesian Community for a Special Family Night!

2017 Pasta Dinner
A Night of Friendship, Fun, Food and Many Raffles




11th ANNUAL PASTA DINNER

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Salesian Boys & Girls Club - 150 Byron Street, East Boston

$10.00 Donation

Food Provided by
Jeveli's Restaurant, Sammy Carlo's Delicatessen & Muffin Town

Many Raffles Prizes!! - Great Gift Baskets!!

All proceeds to benefit programs for our kids.

For More Information
Please Call 617-567-0863

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17th 2017 FROM 6:00 TO 8:00 PM

Please make checks payable to: 
Salesian Boys & Girls Club 
"THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! 

Salesian Boys 8, Girls Club of East Boston, 
150 Byron Street, East Boston, MA 02128 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Lydia Edwards wins East Boston; Challenges Opponent to Debates Across District

BOSTON (10/1/2016) —Lydia Edwards, Boston city council candidate to represent East Boston, Charlestown and the North End/Waterfront, today challenged Stephen Passacantilli to a series of debates throughout the district ahead of the November 7th general election.

“I am thrilled with the response of voters,” said Edwards. “Our communities are at a pivotal moment. My opponent and I have different perspectives on how to move the city forward and a substantive discussion on the issues facing this district is necessary.

“I look forward to highlighting those distinctions and therefore I challenge my opponent to debates in all three neighborhoods,” says Edwards. 



Edwards, a public interest attorney and community advocate, is no stranger to public service. She has spent her career fighting for women and working families. In her role as the Deputy Director of the city’s new Office of Housing Stability, she found innovative solutions to mitigating Boston’s housing crisis and stood up for vulnerable members of our community by co-founding East Boston’s community soup kitchen.

Lydia promises to bring a bold, independent voice with a fresh perspective to City Hall and her top priorities include ensuring pathways to homeownership for all residents, quality public schools for local families, responsible community-driven development, and reliable transportation.

Edwards is a resident of East Boston with her husband, Rogerio, a licensed electrician and small business owner.

The general election will take place on Tuesday November, 7th. For more information please visit: www.lydiaedwards.org.

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Source: Edwards Campaign

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Boston Teachers Union Host Back-to-School Fair for Public School Families

Boston (Sept 23)- Thousands of Boston-area public school families attended a fun-filled and educational back-to-school fair, September 23 sponsored by the Boston Teachers Union. Among the attractions were music and activities for students of all ages, free books and educational materials, and resources for parents from community partners.


Educators in Boston Public Schools recently settled a new contract with the district that includes improvements for students and families advocated for by BTU educators. Key features of the contract included an increase to the number of school nurses, a commitment to joint labor-management work, training to ensure the best possible education experience for all students, and greater investments in “restorative practices” aimed at reducing suspensions and expulsions by providing additional social and emotional supports to students. 


Meanwhile, BTU educators have been actively campaigning to protect Boston students and families from the threat to immigration protections for individuals who arrived in the country as children or as refugees. BTU leaders and educators recently united with Boston Public Schools officials to advocate for additional school funding during legislative hearings at the State House.

“This year’s back-to-school fair was an opportunity to celebrate the unity we are building among educators, families, BPS officials, city leaders and the community in advocating for the best public schools possible,” said Jessica Tang, who took office earlier this year as president of the Boston Teachers Union. Tang is the first woman of color to lead the 10,000-member local. “We have started this school year with a wonderful event that celebrates reading and literacy while also celebrating our diverse community and providing a fun, free day of activities for students and families. We hope to continue this spirit throughout the year.


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The Boston Teachers Union proudly represents more than 10,000 teachers and other professionals including nurses, psychologists, guidance counselors, paraprofessionals, and substitute teachers. Together, we advocate for the interests of students, parents and education professionals throughout the Boston Public Schools. We support investment in public education to ensure a stronger future for our students and our city. As a union of educators, we are part of a movement that seeks to improve the quality of life for all working people and their children. We are united against all forms of prejudice and bigotry that would seek to devalue the lives or liberties of our students, families, or colleagues.



Monday, September 25, 2017

September 28: Friends of East Boston Greenway with the Greenway Council

Friends of the East Boston Greenway
With the East Boston Greenway Council

Thursday, September 28, 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.  Heidi Schork, The Mural Crew
    Greenway Mural Update

4.  Linton Harrington, The Trustees (invited)
    Final Report on summer youth work

5.  Kannan Thiru
    Climate Ready Boston:  The Role of the Greenway in Preparing East Boston for    Flooding Due to Sea Level Rise

6.  Barr Foundation Waterfront Initiative RFP
    Update and discussion of opportunity
   
7.  New Business / Old Business


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

Upcoming meetings: 2017:    Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 16 (note change), Dec. TBD








       






Thursday, September 14, 2017

East Boston Man Sentenced for Illegal Firearm Dealing

BOSTON – An East Boston man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for illegal firearms dealing in the Orient Heights public housing projects in East Boston.

James Warner, 30, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In April 2017, Warner pleaded guilty to engaging in the business of dealing in firearms without a license and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Warner, who is prohibited from buying, selling and using firearms due to a prior criminal conviction, conspired with other individuals to sell a Hungary, .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol and a Davis Industries, Model D-32 caliber derringer in the Orient Heights Housing Development in East Boston.

The case arose from a federal investigation into a network of street gangs that created alliances to traffic weapons and drugs throughout Massachusetts and generate violence against rival gang members. As a result of the investigation, 53 defendants were indicted in June 2016 on federal firearms and drug charges, including defendants who are allegedly leaders, members, and associates of the 18th Street Gang, the East Side Money Gang and the Boylston Street Gang. These gangs operated primarily in the East Boston, Boston, Chelsea, Brockton, Malden, Revere and Everett areas. During the course of the investigation, law enforcement seized cocaine, cocaine base (crack), heroin, fentanyl, and over 70 firearms.

Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division; Matthew Etre, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; John Gibbons, U.S. Marshal for the District of Massachusetts; Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey; Colonel Richard D. McKeon, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Boston Police Commissioner William Evans; Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes; and Brockton Police Chief John Crowley made the announcement today. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office also acknowledges the assistance of the Suffolk and Middlesex County Sheriff Departments and the Malden, Revere and Everett Police Departments.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Candidate Farmer pushes Massport to reduce pollution at Logan


Candidate Farmer pushes Massport to reduce pollution at Logan

(East Boston, MA September 8, 2017)--Citing concern for the environment in the neighborhoods directly surrounding Logan Airport, Margaret Farmer, Candidate for Boston City Council, has called on Massport to work with the City of Boston to fund, explore, and implement a number of solutions aimed at reducing pollution and increasing the quality of life for the community surrounding Logan Airport.

“As instances asthma and COPD continue to increase in our neighborhoods it is important to measure benchmarks of the current environment. Massport needs to fund an independent source to produce a scientific, peer-reviewed environmental study to serve as a benchmark on air quality,” said Farmer. “We should know what’s going on in our environment, and this study could cover a broad range of data, such as ultra-fine particulate matter. Local community groups like AIR, Inc. have been asking for this for many years.”

Farmer also supports State Representative Adrian Madaro’s proposal for the installation of “Real Time” tracking devices around the airport and within East Boston to allow for the monitoring of noise and air pollution. “Making data like this available to the public allows for more transparency, and it’s an opportunity for others to look at the data and find innovative solutions for pollution reduction,” she added. 

Another area Farmer sees an opportunity for Massport to work with the surrounding community is by funding the NOAH Tree Cover Project. This project, started by local East Boston students, aims to increase tree cover in East Boston from its current 15% to 30%, the average for the City. More trees will lead to less reflected heat and light on paved surfaces, increased water retention from rain, and more natural filtration of the air. “This is a great local initiative where Massport can look to increase trees in the neighborhood, especially since the airport runways reflect so much heat, and trees can’t be planted along them,” added Farmer. 

Farmer also advocates for new technology “We are seeing exciting changes happening, in Denmark especially, where large air filters are being placed around airports to collect ultra-fine particulate matter and combat the amount of carbon monoxide in the air. As MASSPORT is planning to build a garage with 5,000 additional parking spaces in the community, this is something we should consider.”

Margaret Farmer is currently running to represent District 1 in the Boston City Council. District 1 includes East Boston, Charlestown, and the North End. You can read more about her positions on Massport and other issues at http://margaretfarmerforboston.org

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Candidate Farmer: Last day to register to vote for September 26 is Wednesday, September 6

This just in from the Farmer campaign:

Boston, MA--Wednesday, September 6, 2017 is the last day to register for the primary elections in Boston. The Boston Municipal Preliminary Election includes the ballot for candidates for Boston City Council and the mayoral race. The primary election will be held on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

“Elections work best when more people participate,” says Margaret Farmer, Candidate for Boston City Council, District 1. “I encourage everyone who can to take the time to vote in this important primary.” 

Farmer will be hosting an event for supporters on the evening of September 6, to thank everyone who has contributed to her campaign. For information about the event, please email contact@margaretfarmer.org.

Margaret Farmer is one of three candidates currently running to represent District 1 in the Boston City Council. District 1 includes East Boston, Charlestown, and the North End. You can read more about her candidacy and position on issues at her website http://www.margaretfarmer.org. 

Source: 
Margaret Farmer for Boston City Council
www.margaretfarmerforBoston.com
978-729-7771


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Campaign: Passacantilli Will Hire Neighborhood Liaisons from Each Community

BOSTON – Stephen Passacantilli, candidate for Boston City Council - District 1, has announced that he will hire a neighborhood liaison for each community in the district if elected to the City Council.  Passacantilli is a North End civic leader, Boston Public Schools parent, and former staffer to City Councilor Sal LaMattina.

Passacantilli said, "As former constituent services director for Councilor LaMattina and past president of my local neighborhood council, I know how important it is to have accessible representation in the community and at City Hall.  If elected to the City Council, I will hire a neighborhood-specific liaison for Charlestown, for East Boston, and for the North

End.  Residents deserve to know their City Councilor and their staff, and must always be able to get an answer on issues – big or small – in a timely manner.  I will always prioritize responsive and effective constituent services."

Last month, Passacantilli showed this commitment by becoming the only candidate to open campaign offices in each of the district's three neighborhoods.

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 serves on the board of the Gavin Foundation.

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: Passacantilli campaign

Monday, August 28, 2017

Salesian Boys & Girls Club Announces Renewal of Administration

Fr. John Nazzaro, Executive Director of the Salesian Boys & Girls Club, has announced that he will be stepping down as Executive Director to hand the administration over to a new, younger, energetic Director who will continue the leadership of our Salesian Club. 

Fr. John will remain as Director of Mission of the Salesian Boys & Girls Club, a position he is very excited about. He feels he will be able to impact more young people without the administrative responsibilities of Executive Director. 

The Director of Mission position is a more pastoral position, ensuring the Salesian Spirit of St. John Bosco the Apostle of Youth will be present at our club for years to come.

Fr. John said when he first professed as a Salesian of St. John Bosco, he was asked what would be his dream job. Without hesitation, Fr. John said, “To work at the Salesian Boys & Girls Club.” “I want everyone to know who has been so great in supporting our kids that my new responsibilities are that dream job come true.” 

The Director of Mission will collaborate with the Executive Director in overseeing faith formation, mission identity, and formation of the Salesian educational approach. 

Fr. John mentioned that this is the priority in all Salesian houses throughout the Congregation. Fr. John will also help the new Executive Director in the transition.

Our Provincial Fr. Tim Zak has increased the number of Salesians from three to five because the Salesian presence is here to stay and is as alive as ever in East Boston. 

The Salesian Boys & Girls Club staff has been fantastic over the years and the majority of the staff are former club kids. “Our club is entrusted to great people who I love very much,” Fr. John said. He continued to express his admiration for all the staff over the years and sees great things in the future for the Salesian Boys & Girls Club. With this new position as Director of Mission, 

Fr. John will have more time to attend to the Spiritual and Educational Salesian Philosophy as well as promoting a Christian culture with the priority of a safe place for young people. 

Fr. John will still be involved in promoting the club with fundraisers and development. “A lot of the donors who have been so supportive in the past are my friends and that friendship must continue to help our youth have a great future … East Boston is my home and I count my blessings every day I get up and hear the sounds of Eastie on Bennington Street.” 

Source: Salesian Boys & Girls Club

Sunday, August 27, 2017

September 22: Kiwanis Club to honor East Boston Businessman Clark Moulaison as 2017 Kiwanian of the Year

Tickets Now Available for Sept. 22 Banquet at Spinelli’s in East Boston;
Ads Available for Commemorative Booklet

EAST BOSTON – The Kiwanis Club of East Boston will honor club member and long-time East Boston businessman, Clark J. Moulaison Jr., as the “Kiwanian of the Year” for 2017 with a special celebration on Friday, Sept. 22 at Spinelli’s Function Facility in Day Square, East Boston.

Mr. Moulaison is currently a member of the Kiwanis Club board of directors, a past club president from 2013-15, and a member of numerous community service project committees, such as the Bicycle Safety Rodeo, the Belle Isle Marsh Cleanup, the EBARC Holiday Celebration and the K-Trust Scholarship committees.

He is the owner and proprietor of Carmella’s Market (formerly the Gloria Food Store) on Cottage Street in East Boston and operated a number of other businesses in East Boston and Chelsea, including the former American Ice Cream and Sandwich Shoppe on Sumner Street. He is also the former executive director of the East Boston Main Streets Program.

Tickets to the Kiwanian of the Year celebration are $60, and feature a sit-down, plated dinner; tables of 10 can be reserved for $600. For tickets, contact event co-chairs Ed Coletta at 617-697-6179 or Edmund.coletta@gmail.com, Dr. Matt Mallen at 617-901-9185 or mmallen565@aol.com, or from any member of the East Boston Kiwanis Club.

Club membership is also publishing a commemorative souvenir program and advertising booklet for this special occasion. The booklet will be distributed at the dinner and throughout the East Boston community. Ads range from $75 to $250, and can be reserved by contacting Ad Book Chairperson: Marisa DiPietro at 617-650-3442 or mdipietro@ebsoc.org.The ad deadline is Wednesday, August 30.

Ads and payment for dinner tickets may also be sent to: East Boston Kiwanis Club, P.O. Box 83, East Boston, MA 02128. Please make checks out to: Kiwanis Club of East Boston.

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.
Photo cutline:

Kiwanian of the Year for 2017, Clark J. Moulaison Jr.

Source: East Boston Kiwanis 8/27

Monday, August 21, 2017

August 28: Gove Street Citizens Association meets

The Gove Street Citizens Association monthly meeting agenda for August 28, 2017:
Update on current status of GSCA area projects.

  • 287 -293 Maverick St. (Pickle Factory)- A proposal to demolish an existing vacant industrial building and erect a 5 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 (3rd presentation / Vote to be taken.)
  •  67 Lubec Street – A revised proposal to erect a 4-floor, 6 residential condo unit building with 6 parking spaces in the rear of the building. - Attorney Jeffrey Drago, Developer Thomas Falcucci. (2nd presentation / Vote to be taken.) 
  •  90-94 Cottage Street – A proposal to erect a 4-floor, 7-unit condo ownership building with one handicapped unit and 6 on-site parking spaces. Owner Marc Savatsky (2nd presentation / Vote to be taken) 

MEETING DATE: Monday, August 28, 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. Free event parking in front of the building and in the Porter Street parking lot adjacent to the building.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Passacantilli Campaign Knocks on 8,000th Door

Boston City Council District 1 Race Passacantilli
BOSTON – Stephen Passacantilli's campaign for Boston City Council District 1 has announced a major milestone.  This past week, the campaign knocked on their 8,000th door and leads all other campaigns in social media engagement with over 1,300 Facebook followers.

Passacantilli is a North End civic leader, Boston Public Schools parent, and former staffer to City Councilor Sal LaMattina.

Passacantilli said, "I am so proud of the strong grassroots campaign we are building.  We've been out knocking on doors and calling voters in East Boston, Charlestown, and the North End, and the response has been incredible.  As past head of my local neighborhood council, I know how important it is to hear directly from residents about the issues that matter to them.  That's why we're so focused on going directly to residents to discuss our platform and hear their concerns.  As a lifelong Bostonian with kids in the Boston Public Schools, I'll bring a unique perspective and experience to the Boston City Council.  Residents of District 1 deserve a City Councilor who will take the lead on issues like public safety, education, addiction and recovery, and development.  On the City Council, I will always put you first."

Just last month, Passacantilli became the only candidate to open campaign offices in each of the district's three neighborhoods.

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 serves on the board of the Gavin Foundation.

Source: Passacantilli Campaign 8/18/2017

Thursday, August 10, 2017

32 new affordable apartments for families in East Boston at site of former Salesian Boys and Girls Club



EAST BOSTON (August 9, 2017)–  Mayor Martin J. Walsh today joined the East Boston Community Development Corporation, East Boston residents and local elected officials to celebrate the groundbreaking for Paris Village, a $14 million residential community that features 32 affordable apartments for working families in East Boston. 

The new apartment building will be located on the former Salesian Boys Club site on Paris Street in the heart of East Boston. 

"High quality, affordable housing for working families is the key to opportunity. Creating equitable housing like Paris Village preserves the rich character of Boston's neighborhoods," said Mayor Walsh. "I want to thank our partners for their work to make these homes possible. These are the 2- and 3- bedroom homes working families in Eastie have been calling for, and I'm proud we are continuing Boston's drive to make sure all families can live and work in the City of Boston." 

Paris Village is located in one of Boston's fastest growing neighborhoods, near restaurants and a variety of arts, cultural and outdoor amenities and activities. The development will feature 32 new transit-oriented apartments located close to the MBTA blue line, downtown Boston and Logan International Airport. 

All of the new apartments will be rented to individuals who are earning at or below 60 percent of the area median income (AMI), with four of the families earning 30 percent of AMI or below.

"As we see so much change in East Boston it is important that we create and preserve affordable family housing for all of the hard working residents of East Boston," said Albert Caldarelli, President and Executive Director of the East Boston CDC. "I am grateful that the Mayor Walsh is so committed to that goal. Without that strong leadership a wonderful development like this would not be possible."

When complete, Paris Village will include 22 two-bedroom and 11 three-bedroom family units, an elevator for accessibility, central air, on-site laundry facilities, a large community space for programming for residents on the ground floor, a rear courtyard and playground with a play structure for children. Construction of theParis Village apartments willgenerate approximately 250 new construction jobs. 

"As a long-time resident and tenant of East Boston CDC I am grateful for help we've received from City of Boston. Because of your assistance me and my family have the opportunity to reside in a nice apartment," said East Boston resident Blanca Ayala. "I am also grateful that I was invited to sit on the Board of Directors of EBCDC, Inc. As a Board Member, I have the opportunity to have a say in all of the decisions that affect my tenancy and the close to 1,000 other tenants in our buildings. In my role I also have a chance to work with the CDC and the Mayor of Boston to implement all of the housing initiatives the City supports."

 In accordance with the City of Boston's Green Affordable Housing Program, Paris Village will utilize high efficiency heating and cooling systems fixtures as well as Energy Star rated appliances. The development will employ environmentally friendly design features throughout and earn the distinction of being LEED-Homes "Silver" certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. The development will also meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star standards. 

Paris Village has been made possible in part by a contribution of almost $2 million from the City of Boston, as well as $2.1 million from the State's Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the Affordable Housing Trust.

Today's groundbreaking builds on the recent release of Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030; Boston's latest quarterly housing report, which highlights gains in stabilizing the housing market, accommodating housing growth, improving housing accessibility and increasing affordability. Since 2014, the implementation of the City's housing plan, 13,551 new units of housing have been created. With an additional 8,412 units currently under construction, the City has secured housing for an estimated 25,000 residents, making significant progress in meeting Boston's rapid population growth.

Source: Mayor's Office 8/9/2017

Friday, July 28, 2017

Wanted: New MBTA fuel efficient, enviro-friendly buses for Meridian Street Routes

This just in from Paul Howes of the Friends of Meridian Street
We the residents of Meridian Street of East Boston would sure love to see these new MBTA buses replace the older MBTA buses that run along the Meridian Street route. There are 115 bus trips traveling on Meridian Street through East Boston weekdays Monday through Friday. The fumes from these older buses are a major pollution and health risk to all the residents. 
The Umana and East Boston School children are all effected by this daily. Living on Meridian Street myself the MBTA always seems to have the older MBTA buses running this route. It sure would be a blessing to have the older fleet replaced by these new higher technical, less polluting buses running the 115 routes through Eastie. 
Let's upgrade Eastie and make it a better place to live. MBTA route numbers 114, 116, 117.
Thank you for your help.
Friends of Meridian Street

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mayor Walsh announces 9 organizations selected to receive funding through "My Brother's Keeper Mini Grant Program"

Second round of MBK mini grant funding to support local organizations working to provide opportunities and mentorship to young men of color

Representatives from MBK Boston and the nine selected organizations at the Bolling Building

BOSTON - Thursday, July 20, 2017 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh and My Brother's Keeper Boston, in partnership with The Boston Foundation, yesterday announced the nine organizations in Boston have been selected to receive a combined total of $50,000 in funding through the My Brother's Keeper mini-grant program. 

The program, which launched last August, is designed to support local organizations and entities who work to help maximize MBK's impact in improving outcomes for young men of color. "We know that our young people need opportunities to thrive, and MBK paves for way for young men of color to succeed. This grant program supports mentorship, creative discussions and activities by nonprofits and organizations," said Mayor Walsh. "I congratulate all of this round's grant recipients, and look forward to our continued partnership to ensure our young men have every opportunity to thrive." 

"MBK Boston is proud to promote a collective action agenda to uplift black and brown boys," said Conan Harris, Executive Director of My Brother's Keeper Boston. "The MBK mini grants will enhance programming, connect grassroot efforts, and disseminate the promising practices of our local on-the-ground partners who know our neighborhoods and young people." 

The following organizations were selected to receive awards: 

1. No Books No Balls Summer Basketball Camp Project (Roxbury): Funding will be used to support the hiring of young adults during the summer to assist with the annual summer basketball camp.

2. Level Ground MMA (Downtown): Funding will be used to support the Student Trainer Certification program, which provides a career pathway for youth into Boston's Fitness Industry. 

3. Latino STEM Alliance (Citywide): Funding will be used to support training for Robotics instruction through a Novel Engineer program, which integrates quality literature with the engineer process.  

4. Freedom House (Dorchester): Partnership with Ambitious Men Engaged in Necessary Dialogue (AMEND) to provide bi-weekly social and emotional sessions to address challenges facing young men and to build self-efficacy and professional development skills. 

5. East Boston High School & Pioneer Charter School of Science Sailing Team (East Boston): Funding will support the East Boston High School Sailing team, one of the only BPS high schools with a sailing team and which is comprised of primarily Latino BPS students; and exposing them to opportunities for sports programming that require a diverse set of skills 

6. Inquilinos Boricuas En Accion (South End): IBA's Youth Development Program prepares teens, ages 14-18, for college and professional careers through an employment-based program that places them in rigorous courses centered on Creative Youth Development.  

7. Caribbean Youth Club (Hyde Park, Dorchester, Mattapan, Roxbury): Caribbean Boys' Initiative helps Caribbean immigrant boys understand positive masculinity, build tangible life skills and achieve academic success. This group provides structure, discipline, challenges, positive peer bonding and male mentoring. 

8. Project Right (Roxbury, Dorchester): Boys R.I.G.H.T will provide group discussions, individual follow up and mentoring for 40 middle and high school young men of color who are involved with the Grove Hall area of Roxbury and Dorchester. 

9. Brunch and Ball Youth Mentoring Program (Dorchester): Professionals from the Boston area speak to teens from 13-19 years old about various topics of personal growth and self-development, with a focus on graduating high school and going on to college or post-secondary education. Athletic interaction with the teens is utilized to teach them to practice sportsmanship in the face of adversity, while lectures and workshops on professionalism and academic achievement are designed to equip them with life skills. 

"We are pleased to continue our partnership with Mayor Walsh in the My Brother's Keeper Initiative," said Orlando Watkins, Vice President of Programs for the Boston Foundation. "This roster of grantees again demonstrates the creative and diverse ways that community organizations are working to expand opportunities for young men of color in the city - and we commit our continued support."

 "Madison Park Development Corporation (MPDC) received a mini grant from the City of Boston's MBK initiative," said Abrigal Forrester, Director of Communication Action, MPDC, which received a grant through the previous cycle. "This funding has provided additional support for MPDC's efforts to serve black and brown boys participating in our youth workforce programs. 

Through this funding we conducted focus groups and feedback sessions with young males, which is guiding the program deliverables for MPDC's Youth Empowerment & Advancement Mentoring (YEAM) program going forward." 

ABOUT MBK BOSTON Mayor Martin J. Walsh launched MBK Boston in September 2014, accepting President Barack Obama's MBK Community Challenge as part of the White House My Brother's Keeper (MBK) initiative to create positive pathways for youth, especially boys and young men of color. Over the past two years, Mayor Walsh established the MBK Boston Advisory Committee which led engagement within the community and developed a set of guiding recommendations to support milestones across education, employment, public safety and second chances. To learn more about MBK Boston or to get involved, visit boston.gov/mbk.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July 29: The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston Hosts FREE Family Play Date in Seaport & East Boston

WHEN and WHERE:

Saturday, July 29
12–3 PM in Piers Park (95 Marginal St) and 10 AM–4 PM at the ICA (25 Harbor Shore Dr). 
All activities are free for all, with free water transportation across the harbor.

WHAT:

In anticipation of the ICA’s expansion to East Boston in 2018, ICA Play Dates—the museum’s monthly program for families—will take place on both sides of Boston Harbor for one Saturday in July.

Activities kick off at the ICA at 10 AM. From NOON to 3 PM families can board a boat and head over to East Boston’s Piers Park, where the fun includes a special concert and art activities.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

SAIL THE HARBOR WITH PIERS PARK SAILING CENTER | 12–2:30 PM

Check in at the Sailing Center for timed tickets. Space is limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Life jackets provided.

ART-MAKING | 12–3 PM

Decorate binoculars or make message stones in activities led by our staff and educators.

LIVE MUSIC | 1–3 PM

Enjoy performances by DiverCity and Odaiko New England.


WATER TRANSPORTATION:

Water taxis will travel from Fan Pier (right in front of the ICA) to Piers Park every 15 minutes from noon to 3:30. Questions about accessibility? Call 617-478-3103.


NOTES:

Admission is FREE for up to 2 adults per family when accompanied by children ages 12 and under. Youth 17 and under are always admitted free to the ICA. All ages welcome; programs best-suited for ages 6 and older.

Learn more about the ICA’s family programs at icaboston.org

Play Dates are sponsored by Vivien and Alan Hassenfeld and the Hassenfeld Family Foundation, and Holly and David Bruce.

Monday, July 17, 2017

July 24: Gove Street Citizens Association to meet

The Gove Street Citizens Association monthly meeting agenda:
  • Update on current status of GSCA area projects.
  • Legislative Update – Senator Joseph Boncore and Representative Adrian Madaro.
  • 90-94 Cottage Street – A preliminary presentation to erect a 4-floor, 7 unit condo ownership building with one handicapped unit and 6 on-site parking spaces. Owner Marc Savatsky (No vote to be taken) 
  • 67 Lubec Street – A proposal to erect a 4-floor, 7 residential condo unit building with 6 parking spaces in the rear of the building. - Attorney Jeffrey Drago, Developer Thomas Falcucci. (1st presentation / No vote to be taken.) 
  • 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 (2nd presentation / No vote to be taken.)
MEETING DATE: Monday, July 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. Free event parking in front of the building and in the Porter Street parking lot adjacent to the building. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Political News: Local Resident to Run Passacantilli Campaign


NORTH END – Stephen Passacantilli, a North End civic leader, Boston Public Schools parent, and former staffer to City Councilor Sal LaMattina has hired lifelong North End resident Haley Renda to run his campaign for Boston City Council.  Passacantilli is running for District 1 City Councilor, which includes East Boston, Charlestown, and the North End.


Haley Renda grew up in the North End and is a graduate of Boston Latin School and Tulane University.  Prior to being hired to run the Passacantilli campaign, Renda worked with non-profits in Boston and New Orleans.  She spent time working on issues of substance abuse and recovery at the Gavin Foundation in South Boston and fighting human trafficking at the Eden House.  Renda was also an active volunteer with the Women's Action Group.


Passacantilli said, "I'm excited to have Haley Renda running my campaign for Boston City Council.  Haley has done incredible things in her life, and I'm looking forward to working with her to talk about our shared vision for District 1.  From increasing access to parks, open space, and the waterfront, to expanding the ability to attend great schools close to home, and standing up for our seniors, I know that we are going tobe able to get things done for District 1 by working together."

"I've known Stephen Passacantilli since I was a kid, and I've seen how much he's done for our community and Boston as a whole," said Renda.  "When Stephen reached out to me, I was excited to work with someone so committed to helping people and a proven record of success."


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 serves on the Board of the Gavin Foundation.


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: Passacantilli campaign 7/10/2017