Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Great Savio Reunion II

Come join alumni and friends from all classes in celebration of the 60th anniversary of Savio's founding at "The Great Savio Reunion II."

Saturday, November 24 at the Salesian Boys & Girls Club of East Boston (150 Byron Street)
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

To purchase tickets visit EventBrite.

Tickets include a special 60th T-Shirt and proceeds will go to the Spartan Fund.
Refreshments will be served. 

NOTE: The Alumni Mass preceding the reunion will be celebrated at 5:00 p.m. 



Monday, October 15, 2018

Councilor Edwards to Call Hearing on City Regulation of Bars, Liquor Stores, Cannabis Establishments Near Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities

Regulation intended to explore distance-based buffer while leveling playing field between alcohol and cannabis establishments

WHAT:  This week, Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards will call a hearing to discuss potential policy changes affecting the siting of enterprises serving alcohol and cannabis in the immediate vicinity of substance abuse treatment facilities.

Currently, the City of Boston regulates the distance between cannabis establishments at one-half mile and creates a 500-foot buffer between such businesses and K-12 schools. The City also regulates businesses that serve or sell alcohol through licensing and zoning, but has not enacted a similar distance-based buffer.

Zoning changes typically do not impact existing enterprises but would apply to new development and could potentially apply to substantially renovated buildings. The hearing will explore whether such a buffer should be created, potential impacts and how to create parity between industries.

WHERE: Curley Room, 5th Floor, Boston City Hall
WHEN:  12:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

**Please note the councilor will file on 10/17 for a hearing to take place a later time. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Mayor Martin J. Walsh: How We're Creating More Affordable Housing

By Mayor Martin J. Walsh 

Boston is going through a period of historic growth--- the kind our city hasn’t seen in decades. More people are choosing to put down roots and start families here. More businesses are choosing to open their doors here. Students from all over the world come to attend our universities and colleges each year. As Boston grows, we must keep our focus on the families and communities that make our our city the diverse, welcoming and world-class place it is. To do that, residents must be able to afford to live here in the city they love, families must be able to grow, and young people must be able to make our city their home. 

To achieve that, we’re working hard to increase Boston’s affordable housing stock -- that includes building housing across a range of incomes, and focusing on ensuring there are income-restricted homes being built throughout Boston. 

Just last month, we increased our overall housing goals from creating 53,000 units to 69,000 units by 2030 to meet Boston's growing population and increase the number of housing opportunities available to residents. These new housing goals, which were first set in 2014 through our housing plan, build on our commitment to increasing access to home ownership, preventing displacement and promoting fair and equitable housing access.

As we build more housing in Boston to relieve housing pressure, our regional partners are also working to ensure their cities and towns keep up with the demand for affordable housing. Boston can’t do this alone -- and that’s why I’m proud earlier this month, I joined leaders from 14 surrounding communities who are part of the Metro Mayors Coalition to announce a new regional housing production goal for coalition cities and towns to meet the demands of a robust regional economy and a growing population in Boston and surrounding areas. Together, the 15 members of the Metro Mayors Coalition announced a target to create 185,000 new units of housing across the region by the year 2030. 

We are at a pivotal time in Greater Boston as our economy continues to grow and thrive, and more people move to our communities. I know housing is the number one concern for so many families in Boston, and addressing it is my top priority. Of the 69,000 new units that will be created by 2030, 15,820 of them will be income restricted. By 2030, the total number of income-restricted housing units in Boston will be nearly 70,000. We are also committed to acquiring 1,000 market-rate rental units from the housing market and making them income restricted units.

If you think finding affordable housing, or becoming a homeowner, isn’t a reality for you -- explore the resources the City of Boston offers. Take a home buying class. Apply for an affordable home buying opportunity. Apply for an income-restricted apartment. All our resources are available at https://www.boston.gov/departments/neighborhood-development, and we’ll continue to work hard to make sure all families who want to live in Boston are able to.  

Source: Mayor's Press Office

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Mayor Walsh appoints Kathleen Joyce as Chairwoman of Boston Licensing Board

BOSTON - Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the appointment of Kathleen Joyce as Chairwoman of the Boston Licensing Board, a regulatory board that grants and regulates various types of food and alcohol licenses for restaurants and other establishments in Boston. The Board is also responsible for holding hearings on violations and license applications.

"The Licensing Board serves an important function in the City of Boston in making sure that our restaurants and entertainment establishments are regulated and in compliance with the law," said Mayor Walsh. "Kathleen has years of experience advising on legal and public policy matters, and I am excited that she will be able to take her extensive knowledge and expertise to Boston's Licensing Board."

As Chairwoman, Joyce serves as the lead commissioner in regulating licenses pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapters 138 and 140, and the Rules of the Board. The board consists of three commissioners who are appointed by the Mayor. Each commissioner serves a six-year term.

"I am proud to be named Chairwoman of the Licensing Board, and thank Mayor Walsh for this incredible opportunity," said Kathleen Joyce. "My entire career has been grounded in providing legal support and promoting justice, and I am honored to be able to serve in this capacity."





Joyce most recently worked as Senior Counsel at the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), the urban planning and economic development agency for the City of Boston. In her role as Senior Counsel, Joyce provided legal support and counsel on real estate, government and policy matters.

Prior to joining the BPDA in 2014, Joyce spent nearly seven years working at the Boston Bar Association, a 10,000 member nonprofit organization, as the Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs, where she worked with organization's leadership teams to advance and coordinate policy positions to promote justice and improve access to the legal system in Massachusetts.

Through her former roles, Joyce has accumulated extensive experience cultivating relationships with and convening various stakeholders to identify areas of common interest and consensus. These stakeholders include legal experts, city, state and federal leaders, and members of the judiciary.  

Joyce is a past member of the editorial board of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and serves as a committee member of The Friends of the Mass General Cancer Center and is a board member of the Dorchester Running Club and her alma mater, Mount Alvernia High School.

She lives in Dorchester and graduated from the College of the Holy Cross and Suffolk University Law School.  She will begin her new role as Chairwoman today on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

Source: Mayor's Press Office

Monday, October 8, 2018

What's happening at the East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library: October 2018

Countdown to Kindergarten Playgroups

Fridays at at 10 a.m.
Parent-child playgroup for childen 1-5 years old. Moms, dads, grandparents and other caregivers are welcome!

Little Groove Concert

Wednesdays, October 10th  and 17th at 10:30
Little Groove presents music classes for toddlers and preschoolers. Come sing, move, play instruments, and more. Ages 0-5, accompanied by a caregiver. Groups welcome.


USCIS Information Session

Friday, October 12th from 10-1 p.m.
In this drop-in session, a USCIS (Citizenship and Immigration) officer will answer questions about immigration issues, including: 
  • Naturalization and Citizenship 
  • Permanent residency 
  • Immigration benefits 
  • Avoiding immigration scams 
  • Finding low-cost and safe legal advice  

NOTE: Staff will not be able to address specific case questions. If you need case-specific information, visit your local USCIS office or call the USCIS Customer Service Center at 1.800.375.5283. 

This is a cooperative effort of USCIS, BPL and the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement.


Salsa Storytelling Series

Mondays, October 15, November 5th and December 10th from 12-1:30 p.m.

Have you lived the kind of stories that can’t be made up? Have you always wanted to write down your life experiences? Everyone has a story and only you can tell yours. During each of the three workshops in this series, we’ll listen to classic salsa songs for inspiration. The great salser@s can teach us a lot about making characters come to life, social commentary, and simply great storytelling.  Bilingual in Spanish and English according to the preferences of the group. Some class materials are in Spanish only.






October 15-Theme: “La vida es un carnaval,” Celia Cruz
November 5-Theme: “Guajira ven,” Hector Lavoe con Willie Colón
December 10,-Theme: “Chica plástica,” Ruben Blades


Bremen Street Fall Festival

Saturday, October 20th from 12-3 p.m.
Enjoy face painting, pumpkin decorating, Halloween crafts and more!
Sponsored by the Friends of the East Boston Branch Library and presented in conjunction with Excel Academy.

Senior Social Club

Thursday, October 18th and Monday, October 29th  from 1-3:30p.m.
Join us for a new club at the East Boston Branch Library. Make new friends and meet old ones over a cup of coffee, some snacks and some fun activities.  Some of the activities that will be offered are film screenings, games, dancing, and book discussion.  

Thomas Jefferson, the Foodie

Thursday, October 18th at 6:30 p.m.
Thomas Jefferson is considered the most complex of America’s Founding Fathers. His influence on the American system of government is well known, but what is not is Jefferson’s influence on American Cuisine.  A former faculty member of  Salem State University’s History Department, Massport’s Anthony Guerriero paints a unique picture of Thomas Jefferson one that might make you rethink his legacy.  Sponsored by the Friends of the East Boston Branch Library

Halloween Dance Party

Tuesday, October 30th, 10:30-11:30 am.
Let's Boo-gie! Wear your Halloween costume and come dance with us to silly songs. For ages 5 and under, accompanied by an adult. Groups welcome.


Score Boston Workshop: Starting Your Own Food Business:  What You Need to Know

Thursday, October 25th at 6 p.m.
In this workshop, you will learn initial steps to take in starting your own restaurant or food-service related business.  The workshop will address not only the basics of starting a business of this type, but also many important do’s and don’ts of undertaking a very rewarding but sometimes risky, start-up of a food business.  To register, visit:

Meet Julia Child!

Monday, 5th at 6 p.m.
Meet Julia Child! - the beloved French Chef. A live performance featuring Lynne Moulton as Julia Child doing what she did best.Learn more about her life – from her privileged childhood in California when she had no interest in food, except for eating what the family’s private chef prepared – to becoming one of the culinary legends of all time. The audience will have the opportunity to view Julia on the set of The French Chef television show, an amusing and fun experience! After the performance, the cast will open up for discussion regarding Julia Child. Sponsored by the Friends of the East Boston Branch Library.




















Sunday, October 7, 2018

Columbus Day Parade: Community-wide effort ensures another successful event as weather holds for marchers, bands and community groups






Another successful Columbus Day Parade. Thanks for the Columbus Day Parade Committee of East Boston for organizing this traditional cultural event.

More photographs at www.eastboston.com.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Salesian Community's 12th Annual Pasta Dinner: November 16


Join Our Salesian for a Special Family Night! 


12th ANNUAL PASTA DINNER A NIGHT OF FRIENDSHIP, FOOD and FUN 



Friday, November 16, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Tickets $10 - Club Members are Free Delicious Food Provided by Our Friends At: Jeveli's Restaurant, Sammy Carlo's Delicatessen; Muffin Town 

Many Raffle Prizes!! - Mariecarole and Steve's Famous Gift Baskets!! 

Sponsorship Opportunities Available 
  • Platinum Sponsorship $5,000 
  • Gold Sponsorship $2,500 
  • Silver Sponsorship $1,000 
  • Red Sponsorship $500 
  • White Sponsorship $250 
  • Green Sponsorship $100 
All proceeds to benefit programs for our kids. 

For More Information, Please Call Anita @ 617-567-0863 www.salesianclub.com facebook.com/salesianclub

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Gabriela Mendoza Announces her candidacy for Suffolk County Register of Deeds' To face off against incumbent Stephen Murphy

Statement from the Mendoza Campaign 9/17:

"Today, after much encouragement, motivation and support from my family and friends I am excited to announce that I, Gabriela Mendoza, am running for the office of Register of Deeds for Suffolk County.

I will be facing the incumbent, Stephen Murphy, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts election being held on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018.

I have been in the Boston area for almost 25 years and have come to feel that Boston is home. I live and work here: I have established a law practice, moved my family across the U.S. and I bought a home in Boston I have been fortunate and am grateful; because of those feelings, I become involved with community groups and organizations as a way of giving.

I see the position of Register of Deeds as another way for me to give back to my community: to be an active advocate for the citizens of Suffolk County by providing information and educational resources involving real estate and home ownership, while ensuring the recording and preservation of real estate records in a reliable and professional manner.

I will be meeting and seeing as many Suffolk County residents from now until the election on November 6th. 

If time prevents me from meeting you, I am asking for your support and your vote!"

Gabriela Mendoza grew up in southern California. She attended Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, where she studied political science and philosophy. After graduating from Mount Saint Mary’s in 1994, Gabriela moved to Boston to attend Suffolk University Law School. Gabriela was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1997 and the New Hampshire Bar in 1999. Gabriela owns a house in Boston and has two rescue dogs.

News: Mayor Walsh Announces New Affordable Housing Fund Round

Includes first large scale CPA awards and $16 million in other funding that support the City's housing goals

(BOSTON -  Wednesday, September 19, 2018) - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that the City of Boston has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for affordable housing projects seeking City of Boston financial support. This affordable housing funding round will include over $16 million in city affordable housing funds, and in addition, will include the first large scale awards of Community Preservation Act (CPA) funding for affordable housing development projects.

While the exact amount of CPA funding for housing will be determined by the Community Preservation Committee (CPC), total awards from all sources in this funding round will likely exceed $25 million, making it one of the largest affordable housing funding rounds in City of Boston history.


File Photograph: EastBoston.com

File Photograph: EastBoston.com

"Addressing rising housing costs is critical for preserving the diversity and character that makes Boston a place where all residents can thrive," said Mayor Walsh. "Voters in Boston made their support for affordable housing creation clear when they passed the Community Preservation Act in 2016. My administration has put affordability at the top of our agenda, establishing a comprehensive plan, and committing more than $115 million to housing. With these new funds in this funding round, we will further accelerate our work to lift up every neighborhood and provide all residents and their families with accessible and affordable housing options."

Based on the goals outlined in Mayor Walsh's housing strategy, Housing A Changing City: Boston 2030 and the Imagine Boston 2030 Planning Process, the City of Boston has established priority criteria which proposals must meet, including:


  • Affordable housing developments targeting a mix of incomes: from units for homeless households to units targeted and restricted to incomes representative of Boston's workforce;
  • Affordable housing developments that serve the disabled community, vulnerable or special needs populations, older Bostonians, veterans, artists, and/or aging out youth;
  • Acquisition of unrestricted housing developments in order to stabilize residents' tenancies, and provide long term affordability for a mix of incomes; or
  • Affordable housing developments that utilize City-owned land;
  • Affordable housing developments that have reduced the cost to build and use public funding most efficiently;
  • Developments that are at risk of losing their affordability within five years.
  • Projects creating new affordable units in high-cost neighborhoods where most of the IDP and NHT funds are generated.


Funds will be awarded from three sources: the first, of approximately $8 million, consists of funds administered by the Department of Neighborhood Development, including funds from the Federal HOME Investment Partnerships and Community Development Block Grant programs, the City's Housing Boston 2030 Fund, and the Inclusionary Development Policy Fund. Up to $3 million of this funding is earmarked to support housing that serves households 55 years or older. 

The second source utilizes funds from the Neighborhood Housing Trust (NHT). NHT disburses funds collected through the City's Linkage policy, which extracts affordable housing funds from developers of large commercial projects. 

The third source is CPA funds, which are collected through the one percent property tax surcharge approved by Boston voters in 2016 to help strengthen Boston neighborhoods through strategic investment in affordable housing, historic preservation, and open space. The addition of CPA funds to this funding package aligns the City's housing resources towards full implementation of Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030 plan. Applications are currently available for the next round of CPA funds.

About Housing A Changing City: Boston 2030

By the year 2030, Boston will reach more than 700,000 residents, a number the City has not seen since the 1950s. Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030 is Mayor Walsh's Administration's comprehensive housing plan to create 53,000 new units of housing for a variety of income levels. Since the policy was enacted in 2014, Boston has permitted more than 27,000 units of housing, completing nearly 18,000 of them as of the end of the second quarter in 2018. More than 11,000 of those permitted units are income-restricted, and more than 2,000 of these are reserved for Bostonians earning low and extremely low wages.

Although these results show strong progress toward the goals established by the Mayor's Advisory Housing Task Force, Boston's population is increasing more rapidly than the population models used in to establish plan targets had estimated. 

Housing A Changing City: Boston 2030 was created not as a static policy piece to be enacted, but as a living document meant to be reassessed and reframed as necessary. In the Spring of 2018, Mayor Walsh reconvened the Housing Task Force to assess progress and reevaluate the goals of the policy through this new population filter. Other factors under consideration include the Mayors Regional Housing Compact Policy and the effects on Boston and its neighbors, as well as the evaluation of lessons learned over the past four years. An update to Housing A Changing City: Boston 2030 is expected in the fall of 2018.

About Imagine Boston 2030

Imagine Boston 2030 is building on Housing a Changing City by identifying areas where continued growth can occur and where additional growth beyond the 53,000-unit target can take place. This growth will create a release valve for existing neighborhoods that are seeing pressure on housing prices. Other initiatives include: working to increase the overall housing supply, deploying tools to support the preservation of affordable housing citywide, putting forth an anti-displacement package that will create and preserve affordable housing, and preventing eviction, link housing and transportation and supporting home ownership. For more information included in the plan, please visit imagine.boston.gov.

Source: Mayor's Press Office (9/19/2018)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018

Mayor Walsh kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month with City Hall Lighting

(BOSTON - Monday, September 17, 2018) - Mayor Martin J. Walsh tonight will join residents to illuminate City Hall in orange and mark the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of Bostonians whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall Plaza.

"Boston is home to a strong, proud Latino population that has made major contributions in every neighborhood and every aspect of our city life," said Mayor Walsh. "Celebrating Heritage Months is part of our commitment to making sure Boston remains a city of opportunity for everyone, and I'm proud to celebrate our incredible Latino community during this special month and all year long."

Bostonians are encouraged to join the month-long celebration by attending events throughout the City. On Thursday, September 20, from 12 to 2 p.m., the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services will be hosting Salsa on the Lawn at City Hall Plaza to celebrate with music, food, and entertainment. Residents are also encouraged to attend the Mayor's Latino Coffee Hour on Saturday, September 22 from 3 to 5 p.m. in East Boston's Central Square.

"Events like the 'Latino Coffee Hour' and 'Salsa on the Lawn' are a great way for residents to meet and interact with each other as well as celebrate the Hispanic culture and appreciate what Hispanics have contributed to Boston and the United States," said Jerome Smith, Chief of Civic Engagement. "We encourage all residents of Boston to come and enjoy all the different programming we are creating in honor of this month."

This year, the Latinx Employee Resource Group (ERG), a network of employees within the City of Boston, are spearheading events during the month. The group is building on its mission to promote the diversity and professional development of its members.

"I am very proud of the work we have done to bring Employee Resource Groups to the City of Boston," said Danielson Tavares, Chief Diversity Officer. "The Latinx ERG is a great example of how the ERGs will play a critical role in the development of our workforce."

Community organizations are invited to submit their events in commemoration of National Hispanic Heritage Month here.

Source: Mayor's Press Office 9/17/18.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Rollins wins race for Suffolk County DA race

Statement from the Rollins Campaign, September 4, 2018 10 p.m. 

BOSTON – Today Rachael Rollins won the election for Suffolk County District Attorney. Rollins will be the first female-candidate of color to hold the position in the history of the Commonwealth. 

Rollins stated, “I am honored and humbled.  But I also need to say – for all of us – that this is earned. As a 47-year old Black Woman, I have earned this. We have earned this.  This is the time for us to claim our power and make good on our promises to make true criminal justice reform for the people in Suffolk County.  Reform that is progressive – that decriminalizes poverty, substance use disorder, and mental illness.  This is the time to create a system that puts fairness and equity first – as a model for the Commonwealth and the nation.”

To learn more about Rollins or to get involved in the campaign for the general election in November, please visit: www.rollins4da.com.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Suggested read of the day: Cicero and His Influence by John C. Rolfe, 1923

A very good read and a wonderful introduction. Professor Rolfe was enthralled with his subject, the great Cicero.


Friday, August 31, 2018

Mayor Walsh: Back to School, a letter to all Boston students.

Back to School 

By Mayor Martin J. Walsh

Dear Students, 

September is one of my favorite months. The weather is getting cooler, football is back in season, and students like yourselves are heading back to school.

You might not know it, but it takes a village to prepare for the first day of school. Your teachers, principals, and custodians have spent the summer getting ready for the big day--- creating lessons, preparing your classrooms, and planning the great adventures you’re sure to have this year. 

The first day of school provides countless opportunities. You’ll find new ways to develop as students, athletes, artists, and leaders. You’ll reconnect with old friends, and make new ones. It’s a fresh start--- a chance to start things off on the right foot. I hope that you will set new goals, and work hard to make this your best school year yet. 

The new year will also bring new challenges. But persevering is an important part of school and growing up. I can say that from personal experience. When I was seven, I was diagnosed with cancer. I had to miss a lot of school for treatments and I even had to repeat fifth grade. But the support of my family, my teachers, and my friends helped me pull through. That’s the strength of the Boston community. I hope you know that our city will always have your back, too. If you’re ever going through a hard time, don’t hesitate to ask a trusted adult, a teacher, or your school community for help. We’re all here to root one another on. 

Whatever this school year has in store, I wish you the best of luck. Challenge yourselves. Try new things. And put your best foot forward. If you start the school year with an open mind and an open heart, there’s nothing you can’t achieve. I’ll be rooting for you every step of the way. 

I’ll see you soon, 

Mayor Walsh 

Police unions endorse Greg Henning for Suffolk District Attorney

BPPA, FOP Join First Responders Supporting Henning in Race to Replace Outgoing Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley

BOSTON – Today, candidate for Suffolk County District Attorney Greg Henning received the endorsement of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association (BPPA), which represents patrol officers in the Boston Police Department. Henning also today received the endorsement of the Massachusetts Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), which represents police officers throughout the state.

The police unions join the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts, Boston Firefighters Local 718, Revere Fire Fighters Local 926, the Latino Law Enforcement Group of Boston, former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, and outgoing Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley as first responders and public safety leaders supporting Henning in the race for Suffolk County District Attorney.

“Greg Henning is an experienced and trusted prosecutor, leader and mentor in his community. As an Assistant District Attorney, he’s handled everything from quality-of-life misdemeanors to shootings and other violent crimes throughout Suffolk County, and he’s performed the job with dedication and compassion,” said Michael Leary, Vice President of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association (BPPA). “Greg has also been an active participant in his community as a teacher and mentor for young people. It gives me great pleasure to announce the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association endorsement of Greg Henning.”

“Public safety officers in Boston and throughout Suffolk County support Greg because he’s spent his career keeping Boston safe, from his work in the courtroom removing dangerous guns from our neighborhoods to his work as a teacher and mentor helping young people keep their lives on track,” said Todd Bramwell, President of the Massachusetts Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). “Greg Henning has the experience and vision to combat gun violence, access treatment for people who are struggling with addiction, and help make Suffolk County a place where every young person gets the support they need to succeed.”

“I am thankful to have the support of the BPPA and the Massachusetts FOP in this campaign as we work to keep our neighborhoods safe from gun violence, combat the opioid epidemic, and better engage every community in Suffolk County,” said Greg Henning. “Boston Police patrol officers are national leaders in effective community policing, and they work hard every day to keep our city safe. Our first responders across the county are dedicated public servants, and I’m glad to have their support for my vision of a safe and vibrant Suffolk County.”

Greg Henning is running for Suffolk County District Attorney to keep our neighborhoods safe from gun violence, devote resources to fighting the opioid epidemic, and create mentoring programs to ensure that young people get a second chance. During this campaign, he’s released a plan to fully staff a countywide Unsolved Shootings Unit that would investigate nonfatal shootings and remove more guns from our streets; a plan to expand access to drug treatment and fight the opioid epidemic; and a plan to create a mentorship program called Law Enforcement Early Diversion, or LEED, which would pair law enforcement professionals, such as Assistant District Attorneys and police officers, with young people throughout Suffolk County.

The Democratic Primary for the open race to replace outgoing Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley is on Tuesday, September 4, and the General Election is on Tuesday, November 6.

About Greg Henning

For ten years, Greg has worked as an assistant district attorney in the Suffolk County DA’s office, including time as head of the Gun Prosecution Task Force and as head of the Gang Unit, which is focused on shootings and other violent crimes in Suffolk County. In addition to his work at the DA’s office, Greg built a reputation as a beloved teacher and mentor in the community, and his career has been marked by a deep passion for reaching young people.

In 2009, Greg started volunteering, coaching, and tutoring at College Bound Dorchester. He left the DA’s office in 2011 to become a teacher at Boston Preparatory Charter Public School in Hyde Park, teaching eighth grade English and twelfth grade constitutional law. Even after he returned to the DA’s office in 2013, he remained a consistent part of his students’ lives.

Son of  Boston news reporter John Henning, Greg grew up in Boston, graduated from Harvard in 2002 with a degree in Government, and received his juris doctorate in 2005 from the University of Virginia School of Law. He completed a clerkship for the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Macon, Georgia, before returning to Boston to begin work as a prosecutor. Greg lives in Dorchester with his girlfriend, who is a special education teacher in Boston.

You can read more about Greg Henning and his vision for Suffolk County at his website www.greghenning.com.

Source: Mike Cummings, 781-361-1328, mike@greghenning.com, August 31, 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Atlantic Works presents "Fabrications" by Teubner and Reardon; Opens September 8

September 8 – 29, 2018
ATLANTIC WORKS GALLERY PRESENTS





Fabrications
paintings by Diane Teubner and Brian Jude Reardon
RECEPTIONS 6-9PM
SEPTEMBER 8 OPENING
SEPTEMBER 20 THIRD THURSDAY


80 BORDER ST., 3RD FLOOR, 
EAST BOSTON, MA 02128 
Tel: 857-302-8363


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

DA Candidate Greg Henning Announces Plan to Expand Access to Drug Treatment and Fight the Opioid Epidemic

Suffolk County District Attorney Candidate Would Increase Access to Drug Treatment Programs At the Courthouse, Take Active Role in Getting People into Recovery Programs

BOSTON – Today, candidate for Suffolk County District Attorney Greg Henning announced his plan to fight the opioid epidemic in Suffolk County by stationing accessible drug treatment providers at courthouses, expanding drug court sessions to every district court, investigating overdose cases to remove deadly drugs from the street, and taking an active role in advocating for treatment options.

“In my ten years as an assistant district attorney, I’ve seen the effects of the opioid epidemic while working with victims and defendants. We must do a better job of getting people treatment and guiding them to recovery resources, rather than punishing them for their addiction or leaving them to fend for themselves,” said Greg Henning. “The District Attorney’s Office has a unique opportunity to provide help immediately after people come in contact with the criminal justice system for drug possession offenses. With drug treatment providers stationed at the courthouse, those suffering from addiction would be offered immediate medical assistance, be provided with help accessing recovery programs, and begin working toward treatment at the moment they need it most.”

Greg’s plan would be to station recovery coaches and addiction specialists from programs like Road to Recovery at courthouses right outside of arraignment sessions. Greg’s office would seek to routinely divert people charged with drug possession crimes out of the courts and into drug treatment programs. Before heading out of court, those suffering from addiction would go through an intake process with a trained recovery professional, rather than being left to fend for themselves and arrange for treatment on their own.

Greg would also seek to expand the drug court sessions currently being used in courthouses throughout Massachusetts. These sessions work with treatment providers to put those suffering from addiction on a path to recovery. These courts enlist a person’s family and their community to address the problem of addiction, a method that has already proven to be successful in Suffolk County, but is still absent from some of our courts. Greg would work with the trial court so that every one of the district courts has an available drug court session.

“Choosing to merely ‘not prosecute’ people arrested for drug possession offenses would be irresponsible in the midst of such a severe crisis,” said Henning. “As the office that is often the first government institution to have contact with someone struggling with addiction, we should do more, not less.”

In addition to increasing access to drug treatment programs at the courthouse, Greg’s plan includes a proposal to put resources toward investigating fatal overdose cases in order to identify who sold drugs to the victim, find the source of particularly deadly batches of heroin or fentanyl, and remove those deadly drugs from the street. As District Attorney, Greg would also lobby the legislature for better, more readily available drug treatment options in Suffolk County, especially an increase in the number of treatment facilities and beds for those suffering from addiction. Greg would be an advocate for the reopening of the Long Island Shelter and rebuilding of the bridge to access that facility.

“We see the effects of the opioid epidemic everywhere. In 2006, one of my closest friends ended up behind bars for a crime designed to feed his addiction. I watched him suffer the effects of withdrawal while he sat inside of a prison cell. As an assistant district attorney, I’ve consoled a mother and father begging me to request bail to hold their son overnight. They knew this was the only way to keep him off the street and away from drugs until they could locate an available bed at a treatment facility. I have worked with victims and witnesses who asked for help with their own addiction, not knowing where else they could turn,” said Henning. “The District Attorney’s Office comes into contact with thousands of people suffering from drug addiction each year, and we can use our power to proactively guide those struggling toward treatment.”

Greg’s full opioid plan is available at www.greghenning.com/opioidplan/. It’s the third policy plan released by Henning, following a plan to fully staff a countywide Unsolved Shootings Unit that would investigate nonfatal shootings and remove more guns from our streets; and a plan to create a mentorship program called Law Enforcement Early Diversion, or LEED, which would pair law enforcement professionals, such as Assistant District Attorneys and police officers, with young people throughout Suffolk County.

The Democratic Primary for the open race to replace outgoing Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley is on Tuesday, September 4, and the General Election is on Tuesday, November 6.

About Greg Henning

For ten years, Greg has worked as an assistant district attorney in the Suffolk County DA’s office, including time as head of the Gun Prosecution Task Force and as head of the Gang Unit, which is focused on shootings and other violent crimes in Suffolk County. In addition to his work at the DA’s office, Greg built a reputation as a beloved teacher and mentor in the community, and his career has been marked by a deep passion for reaching young people.

In 2009, Greg started volunteering, coaching, and tutoring at College Bound Dorchester. He left the DA’s office in 2011 to become a teacher at Boston Preparatory Charter Public School in Hyde Park, teaching eighth grade English and twelfth grade constitutional law. Even after he returned to the DA’s office in 2013, he remained a consistent part of his students’ lives.

Son of  Boston news reporter John Henning, Greg grew up in Boston, graduated from Harvard in 2002 with a degree in Government, and received his juris doctorate in 2005 from the University of Virginia School of Law. He completed a clerkship for the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Macon, Georgia, before returning to Boston to begin work as a prosecutor. Greg lives in Dorchester with his girlfriend, who is a special education teacher in Boston.

You can read more about Greg Henning and his vision for Suffolk County at his website www.greghenning.com.