Friday, June 30, 2017

East Boston Savings Bank's Richard J. Gavegnano Named 2017 EV Entrepreneur of the Year® in New England

Mr. Gavegnano joins three decades of groundbreaking entrepreneurs

Boston, June 29 - East Boston Savings Bank's Chairman, CEO and President, Richard J. Gavegnano was presented the prestigious EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in New England. The award recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Mr. Gavegnano was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the Marriott Copley

"I am deeply honored to be awarded this recognition by EY. I share this award with the entire EBSB community, the Board of Directors, senior management and employees," said Mr. Gavegnano. "It is through their dedication, hard work and shared the vision that has allowed the Bank to grow to $4.6 billion in assets and flourish with an 18% Compounded Annual Growth Rate since 2007. We will continue to operate with the belief that it is our responsibility to foster economic growth in our communities that help to stimulate growth by providing local jobs and banking services to help businesses and individuals thrive."

As a New England award winner, Mr. Gavegnano is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the  Entrepreneur  of the Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur of the Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 18,
2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum™, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

About EBSB

East Boston Savings Bank, a Massachusetts-chartered stock savings bank founded in 1848, operates 31 full-service locations in the greater Boston metropolitan area. East Boston Savings Bank offers a variety of deposit and loan products to individuals and businesses located in its primary market, which consists of Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk Counties, Massachusetts. For additional  information, visit

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EV, is the world's most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

Eastie Week: July 12 - July 22

The Farmers Market Is Back! Healthy Summer Food and Fun at EBNHC

This just in from the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center:

Summer is officially here! What better way to celebrate warmer weather than enjoying delicious food with friends and neighbors? The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center makes eating healthy easy and fun with our food access programs!

Food is a basic necessity. The World Health Organization and the United Nations deem access to safe and nutritious food a basic individual right, but many of our community members may face barriers to accessing healthy and affordable food. As a proud member of this community, we work to overcome food access issues. Here's how!

East Boston Farmers Market: It's that time of year again: The East Boston Farmers Market returns July 5! The Let's Get Movin' program at EBNHC runs a bustling farmers market through the summer and early fall. Come have fun while you shop for fresh produce and other healthy foods!

Hours: Wednesdays, 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Dates: July 5 through October 18
Location: Lewis Mall, behind the Maverick T station
Payments accepted: Cash, credit, debit, WIC Coupons, Senior Coupons, SNAP/food stamps
Learn more about the Farmers Market!

EBNHC Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA): Our CSA connects community members interested in supporting local agriculture with Farmer Dave's, a farm located in Dracut, MA. Members of the CSA purchase a "share," or part of the farm's harvest, and receive convenient weekly shipments of healthy, affordable produce that change with the growing season! The program began June 15, but we accept applications on a rolling basis. Please join us! Learn more about our CSA!

Healthy Incentives Program: The East Boston Farmers Market and CSA are proud to participate in the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP). HIP is a statewide program that provides SNAP recipients with a 100 percent incentive -- a dollar-for-dollar match -- for each SNAP dollar spent on fruits and vegetables purchased at farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets, and CSA programs. By increasing access to locally grown fruits and vegetables for SNAP clients, the program seeks to benefit family and community health, and support farms and the local economy. Learn more about the Healthy Incentives Program!

Fair Foods: On the first and third Friday of every month beginning at 2:30 pm, community members can purchase mixed bags of fresh produce for $2 per bag. Fair Foods is open to all and aims to increase access to fresh, affordable, healthy food in Boston communities. Learn more about Fair Foods

EBNHC Wellness Garden: Our Wellness Garden is a collaborative project throughout which participants share in the maintenance and products of the garden, including healthful and affordable fresh fruits and vegetables while building gardening skills, engaging in physical activity, skill building, and creating green space. Learn more about our Wellness Garden >>

Our community initiatives coordinator, Gabrielle Witham, is deeply connected to these programs. "It feels very meaningful to be able to help people gain access to healthy, fresh, affordable foods," Gabrielle says.

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:

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

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


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

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.

Contact: Adam Webster
c: (617) 733-3751