Tuesday, January 15, 2019

ThreadTech Announces Grand Opening of East Boston Headquarters

EAST BOSTON, MA - Boston-based fashion hub, ThreadTech, will open its doors on Thursday, January 24th, from 6:30-8:30pm with an official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 7pm.

Occupying a historic former cotton mill, Maverick Mills, the event will be a night to remember. Staged by modern & contemporary Italian furniture manufacturer, VIP Saloti, and office furniture provided by Wayfair, the event will feature light cocktails and a tour of ThreadTech’s facilities, which will be home to Fashion Group International of Boston.

ThreadTech takes Fashion Designers from design to market, faster. Apparel companies can develop, produce, sell and distribute their clothing brands in one place. The first of its kind, ThreadTech offers deep experience in clothing development and apparel production.  

“The former Maverick Mills building is the perfect home for ThreadTech as it brings the rich history of textiles in New England – a process that completely transformed the way clothes are produced,” explains Donielle Martorano McKeever, Founder at ThreadTech with over 18 years experience in the fashion industry including production, mentoring, consulting and product development. “Now, over 60 years later, ThreadTech’s business model is again reinventing the term American-made, and we are thrilled to finally introduce our headquarters to the Boston community.”

ThreadTech is located at 175 William F McClellan Hwy, East Boston. 

The property has ample parking and is located minutes from Logan International Airport, Downtown Boston, public transportation and major highways. 

To learn more about ThreadTech’s services visit threadtechboston.com or reach out to ThreadTech’s VP of Sales, Thom Laub, at sales@threadtechboston.com.



Monday, January 14, 2019

Councilors Edwards and Janey File Home Rule Petition to Enact a Fee on Investor and Commercial Real Estate Sales

Legislation would also discourage flipping of neighborhood homes 

On Monday, Councilors Lydia Edwards and Kim Janey proposed a Home Rule Petition to combat housing speculation and establish an investor and commercial property transfer fee. The proposed bill would enhance the city’s housing toolkit by generating millions of dollars for affordable housing and by discouraging the inflation of housing prices through rapid resale of properties. The proposal will be assigned to committee in Wednesday’s council session.

The bill authorizes the City of Boston to establish a fee of up to 6%, split evenly between buyer and seller, on real estate transfers over $2 million, with an estimated revenue of $175m - $350m based on 2015-2017 sales. Exemptions are in place for owner-occupants, transfers between family members and homes purchased through approved home-buying classes. The bill also would authorize a fee of up to 25% on secondary sales, or flips, within a two year period. 

"Boston residents are struggling as our economy booms, and our homes have become the new stock market," said Boston Councilor Lydia Edwards. "Housing costs are straining families' resources and pushing talented workers out of our city. This legislation will curb real estate speculation and generate millions to build and preserve affordable housing."

“We are in a housing affordability crisis,” said Councilor Kim Janey. “These fees will not only discourage speculation in our housing market and the over-creation of luxury condos, it will also raise much-needed revenue to invest in affordable housing, and help stem the tide of gentrification. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the City Council, the Mayor, and the legislature in passing this law.”

Other cities, including New York City, have enacted luxury transfer fees and there is a growing movement in Massachusetts. The Somerville City Council passed a home rule petition in 2018 which is still pending before the legislature. Cambridge began exploring a transfer fee in January 2019. State legislation authorizing a transfer fee has also been introduced by Rep. Mike Connolly and Sen. Joseph Boncore (HD.414  / SD334 - An Act supporting affordable housing with a local option for a fee to be applied to certain real estate transactions).

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Mayor Walsh announces 2019 Environment and Transportation Legislative Agenda

(BOSTON - Tuesday, January 8, 2019) - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced his environment and transportation legislative package, the second of four legislative packages the City of Boston will be submitting to the Massachusetts Legislature. The six-bill package will strengthen the Commonwealth's commitment to the goals set out in the Paris Agreement and the City's goals to be carbon neutral by 2050. Mayor Walsh's legislative agenda builds upon the work of the Administration to ensure equity, opportunity and resilience for all residents by strengthening current systems and creating new tools to adapt, mitigate and invest in local transportation and the environment.

"Addressing the threat of climate change and making sure we keep up with our transportation needs goes beyond city limits. That's why we must work together with the Massachusetts Legislature on issues of climate mitigation and adaptation, and do everything we can to address congestion and increase safety in our streets," said Mayor Walsh. "I'm proud to propose legislation that will explore incentives to reduce pollution and create a statewide vehicle to work on resiliency projects, as well as proposals that would provide investment in transportation infrastructure."

Environment

Mayor Walsh's second legislative package of the year focuses on Boston's shared commitment and leadership with the Commonwealth to be robust environmental stewards, strengthening our ability to address climate change and its impacts. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions to be in line with the Paris Agreement while preparing for rising sea levels and extreme weather events is a shared responsibility that requires immediate legislative action. To that end, the environmental bills proposed seek to create a statewide vehicle to work on resiliency projects and explore market incentives to reduce pollution.

This work builds on Mayor Walsh's recent vision plan for a Resilient Boston Harbor. This comprehensive and transformative vision calls for investing in Boston's waterfront to protect against the impacts of rising sea level and climate change. The Mayor's plan lays out strategies along Boston's 47-mile shoreline that will increase access and open space along the waterfront while better protecting the city during a major flooding event.  

The City has already completed segments of the Resilient Boston Harbor plan through district-level projects in East Boston, Charlestown, and South Boston. These projects led to immediate action along the East Boston Greenway where a deployable flood wall was installed last year, an elevated section of Main St. in Charlestown was added to the design of the City's Rutherford Ave. and Sullivan Square project, the ongoing planning for Moakley Park in South Boston to prepare it for coastal and stormwater flooding, and the construction of Martin's Park in the Seaport, which is expected to be completed this year.

Most recently the City, in partnership with the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA), submitted its proposal for a $10 million FEMA pre-mitigation grant to begin resilience work along the Fort Point Channel. As the City continues to make strides towards building a more climate-ready Boston, it will begin its next district-level planning project for the Downtown and North End neighborhoods early this year and begin the same work in Dorchester later this year.  

Furthering strengthening Mayor Walsh's commitment to protecting Boston against rising sea levels and climate change, the City is accelerating its progress toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The City of Boston is committed to being carbon neutral by 2050. Early this year the City will begin the process to update its Climate Action Plan. The update will provide an implementation roadmap to achieve carbon neutrality in Boston, identifying the immediate next steps Boston must take to reach its goals. Most recently the City rolled out its regulation of single-use plastic bags, encouraging all customers to switch to reusable bags when shopping in Boston and help move the City toward zero waste. The City also took a big step forward in implementation of Community Choice Energy by seeking proposals from qualified consultants to develop a municipal energy aggregation program and by convening a community-led working group to inform the program design.  

As a leading city on climate action, the City was named a winner of the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge as Boston works to strengthen and accelerate its progress toward reducing carbon emissions. The City will receive a support package, valued at up to $2.5 million, to increase low-carbon mobility choices and improve energy performance of Boston's building sector.

"Massachusetts residents are already feeling the impacts of climate change, from hotter summers to increased coastal flooding and heavier rainfall. Our research has shown that to address these challenges and protect vulnerable communities, we need partnership among local, regional and state government," said Rebecca Herst, Executive Director of the Sustainable Solutions Lab at UMass Boston. "We applaud Mayor Walsh for proposing a comprehensive approach to protect communities throughout the Commonwealth and encourage better governance for all."

The environmental bills in the Mayor's legislative package include:

An Act to Establish a Commission for a Climate Ready Commonwealth: would create a regional commission to determine which entity should lead major coastal and inland resiliency projects, how such projects might be funded and how those projects should be prioritized. Boston is not alone in facing the threat of climate change, and all communities are experiencing the reality of extreme heat, snow, rain, and flooding. As the impacts increase and intensify, it's more important now than ever before to coordinate investments to adapt infrastructure and our natural and built environment to future climate conditions.

An Act to Modernize our Natural Gas Infrastructure: would impose a fine on natural gas providers for the total volume of all gas leaks, incentivizing the utility companies to update their infrastructure and providing revenue for climate-ready municipal projects. Natural gas is a powerful greenhouse gas and significant contributor to climate change. The City of Boston and all other cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth have outdated and aging natural gas infrastructure. Gas leaks not only harm the environment but are a public safety issue, public health concern, and financial burden to ratepayers.

For more information on the City's environmental work, please visit  boston.gov/environment.

Transportation

As Boston's population continues to grow, with projected growth to reach almost 760,000 people by the year 2030, Mayor Walsh is proposing four transportation bills aimed at efficiently supporting residents by providing investment in transportation infrastructure, reducing carbon emissions from motor vehicles, and providing for safer streets.

The bills further goals established in Go Boston 2030, the City of Boston's comprehensive transportation plan. Execution of the plan is well underway with action being taken on more than half of the 58 projects and policies identified. These initiatives work to reduce traffic, encourage travel by transit, bike and on foot, and ensure safety and access equitably for all users of Boston's streets.
Examples include partnering with the MBTA to promote the use of public transit by establishing a dedicated bus lane on a section of Washington Street in Roslindale that serves eight different bus lines carrying thousands of passengers daily; incorporating new techniques and upgraded equipment into roadway projects to advance our Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and severe injuries in Boston by 2030; and working to build a network of low stress, strategically placed, separated or buffered bike lanes to allow for safe travel by bike throughout Downtown and Boston's neighborhoods.

"Mayor Walsh's legislative agenda is comprehensive and future-oriented," said Marc Draisen, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. "It includes incentives to address climate and transportation issues, as well as penalties for behavior that stands in the way of progress. We are particularly pleased that the City of Boston will support Regional Ballot Initiatives to generate revenue for critical improvements in our transportation infrastructure. This is a major source of revenue for roads and transit around the country, and we need this tool in Massachusetts too."

The transportation bills in the Mayor's legislative package include:

An Act to Allow Regional Ballot Initiatives: would allow cities and towns in Massachusetts to work together to pass taxes that would be used to fund specific transportation projects.

An Act to Promote Safe Streets and Reduce Congestion: would allow photo enforcement for school buses with cameras to capture violations when the STOP arm is deployed and for addressing Blocking the Box traffic violations. This bill is part of a broader road safety legislative agenda, which includes support of previously-filed bills related to sideguards on trucks and cell phone use while driving.

An Act to Allow Parking Assessments for Infrastructure Investment: would allow cities and towns to add an assessment to spaces in private parking garages, to be used to build and maintain roads and bridges, as well as bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.

An Act to Update Transportation Network Company Assessments: would update the existing TNC legislation to better align it with the State's and City's climate and mobility goals.  In particular, it would create a lower assessment for shared trips, a higher assessment for solo trips, and encourage walking, biking and transit as primary modes of travel.

For more information on the City's transportation work, please visit boston.gov/transportation.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Gross to host a one-day gun buyback program

BOSTON - Thursday, December 13, 2018 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William Gross, in collaboration with physicians and medical professionals, today announced a coordinated gun buyback day will take place in six locations across Boston on Saturday, December 15 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The day marks a remembrance of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which happened six years ago on December 14. The "Piece for Peace" program aims to bring attention to the devastating toll that unneeded and unsecured guns can have on individuals and the public at large, and provides the opportunity for people to turn in unwanted guns and ammunition, no questions asked.

"Here in Boston, we know that even one life lost to gun violence is one too many," said Mayor Walsh. "The Boston Police Department is committed to getting guns off our streets: whether it's through the creation of the gun buyback program, recovering firearms, engaging with responsible gun owners, or tracing the path of illegal guns, we are working with the community everyday to make Boston a safer place for everyone."

Boston Police Department's gun buyback program, "Piece for Peace," is a proactive campaign to take guns off Boston's streets organized in collaboration with Mass General Hospital for Children and the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization. The buyback program asks city residents to turn-in guns at designated drop-off locations citywide in return for a $100 Target gift card. The "no questions asked" program allows individuals to anonymously dispose of firearms without fear of charges for illegal possession when turning in the weapon. For locations and information on the Boston Police Department's gun buyback efforts this weekend, please visit bpdnews.com.

"This One Day Buy Back is a unique event in that it strengthens the bridge between the city, public safety, and the health community around gun violence. Street violence and gun suicides are issues that touch all facets of the community and are a shared responsibility," said Commissioner Gross. "By participating in this regional buy back, we provide an opportunity for family members to get guns out of their houses, and off the streets, with no questions asked. We are all playing an important role in this fight against gun violence.  I've said it before, but one gun off the street is one gun out of the hands of a kid in our community and possibly one life saved."

Medical professionals have joined this initiative in an effort to decrease youth violence and take guns off the streets by raising funds within their local healthcare organizations, and hosting buyback days throughout Massachusetts.

"As I pediatric trauma surgeon, I often see the deadly effects of gun access and and the toll it takes on victims, their families and those who treat them," says Peter Masiakos, director of pediatric trauma services at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and co-founder of the MGH Gun Violence Prevention Coalition. "Working together, physicians and political leaders have a responsibility to address the public health crisis that is gun violence. This gun buyback that is made possible by the the forward thinking actions of the Boston Police Department and Mayor Walsh is an opportunity to safely rid homes and streets on unwanted weapons. If just one life is spared; whether it is by preventing a suicide or or an unintentional shooting that happens when a child finds an unsecured gun in a closet, this event will have been successful."

Since the beginning of the program in 2014, the Boston Police Department has collected 601 guns that have been turned in through gun buybacks facilitated through the Piece for Peace program. So far in 2018, the BPD has confiscated over 645 illegal firearms and hopes that Boston city residents will take advantage of this one-day program to increase that total, and in turn, increase the safety of our city.

The following procedure must be followed in order to receive amnesty for possession of a gun and to receive a gift certificate. 

If the protocol is followed, the person dropping off the firearm will not be prosecuted for unlawful possession of that specific firearm. 

Amnesty - however - will not be promised or given for any other crime committed with that firearm or for any other crime committed while in possession of that firearm.

Procedure:

  •     Gun must be delivered unloaded.
  •     Gun must be put in a clear plastic bag, and put into another container (gym bag, backpack etc.).
  •     If depositing ammunition in addition to a gun, ammunition must be delivered in a separate bag.
  •     If transporting the gun by car, gun must be transported in the trunk of the vehicle.
  •     After the gun is screened by officers, and determined to be a working firearm, a gift card will be given.
  •     Rifles and shotguns will be accepted, however, no incentive will be issued or provided.

Source: Contact: Press Office, 617-635-4461

East Boston Playhouse to stage production of The Little Prince



Amelia Winer, left, and Joe Carr rehearse a scene from The Little Prince.

The East Boston Playhouse is proud to announce their latest production, The Little Prince by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar, based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

The Little Prince may have returned to his own tiny planet to tend his Rose and look after his Sheep, but for a short enchanted time he returns to us and comes alive on stage. 

This play tells the story of a world-weary and disenchanted Aviator whose sputtering plane strands him in the Sahara Desert and a mysterious, regal "little man" who appears and asks him to "Please, sir, draw me a sheep." 

During their two weeks together in the desert, the Little Prince tells the Aviator about his adventures through the galaxy, how he met the Lamplighter and the Businessman and the Geographer, and about his strained relationship with a very special flower on his own tiny planet. 

The Little Prince talks to everyone he meets: a garden of roses, the Snake and a Fox who wishes to be tamed. From each he gains a unique insight which he shares with the Aviator: "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly." "What is essential is invisible to the eye." At length, both the "little man" and the Aviator must go home—each with a new understanding of how to laugh, cry, and love again.  

With an ensemble cast of talented actors from East Boston and surrounding communities, The Little Prince will be presented at the Zumix, 260 Sumner Street, Friday, January 4, 2019 at 7PM, and Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 2PM and again at 7PM. 

Tickets may be purchased for $10 by visiting the East Boston Playhouse website at www.eastbostonplayhouse.com. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door the day of performance for $12. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Possible Project, Madison Park Technical Vocational High School and Boston Medical Center Launch Job Training and Educational Program for Students

BOSTON, December 11, 2018– Students who are dual-enrolled in The Possible Project and Madison Park Technical Vocational High School’s Allied Health Vocation Program will now be able to do more than just study a career in health care: they will gain hands on training in clinical assistant and support services roles at Boston Medical Center and can apply for jobs at the hospital at the end of the academic year.

Students from sophomores to seniors will be engaged in education programs, job shadowing and training, including direct instruction from the BMC staff at both the Madison Park and BMC campuses. At the conclusion of the school year, seniors will be eligible to apply for open medical assistant and nursing assistant jobs as well as support services roles at BMC, which combined currently number more than 500 positions.

“With the need for qualified healthcare personnel on the rise, it is paramount that we, career vocational technical education high schools, prepare our students to meet that demand, states Kevin McCaskill, Executive Director of Madison Park Technical Vocational High School. “Allied health giants such as BMC provide us with the knowledge, skills, and resources to better prepare our students for post-secondary and career success. Allied health partners are a key component to improving student outcomes across the board. An alliance with BMC is a game changer for us and we are truly thankful and grateful for the role The Possible Project played in developing this partnership.”

Founded by Mark and Becky Levin, the Possible Project (TPP) inspires students to unlock their potential for success through innovation and design thinking, social emotional skills, entrepreneurship, work experience, and college and career pathways support. TPP is committed to providing innovative opportunities to students knowing that students are fundamentally more engaged when their learning has obvious and clear real-world relevance and application.

“We believe this type of industry engaged partnership is critical to the success of students in high school,” said Becky Levin, Executive Director and Founder of The Possible Project. “This partnership could be a model for the region and for the country.”

“As one of the region’s largest employers, we know firsthand that the greatness of our city and hospital comes from the many faces in our community,” said Lisa Kelly-Croswell, BMC’s Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. “There is tremendous talent and heart in Boston’s public schools and neighborhoods. Our collective efforts and enthusiasm will translate into educational and job opportunities for students, as well as advance our vision to make Boston the healthiest urban population in the world.”

This pilot partnership aims to provide a rich and authentic educational experience often left off the table in traditional classrooms: hands-on project based lessons with a committed industry partner. Students will acquire both the technical skills of medical assistants and certified nursing assistants from their instruction at Madison Park, as well as an entrepreneurial mindset, professionalism, team spirit, communications and customer service skills fostered by The Possible Project.

“For students to be truly successful in today’s economy, they need more than some technical acumen and a job application,” said Robert Finnegan, Vice President at the Possible Project. “They need the mindsets to succeed; professional skills; mentors who care; and great companies like Boston Medical Center to step up and show that they care about recruiting talented members of the community.”

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About Boston Medical Center

Boston Medical Center is a private, not-for-profit, 487-bed, academic medical center that is the primary teaching affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine. It is the largest and busiest provider of trauma and emergency services in New England. Boston Medical Center offers specialized care for complex health problems and is a leading research institution, receiving more than $116 million in sponsored research funding in fiscal year 2017. It is the 15th largest recipient of funding in the U.S. from the National Institutes of Health among independent hospitals. In 1997, BMC founded Boston Medical Center Health Plan, Inc., now one of the top ranked Medicaid MCOs in the country, as a non-profit managed care organization. Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine are partners in the Boston HealthNet – 14 community health centers focused on providing exceptional health care to residents of Boston. For more information, please visit http://www.bmc.org.



About Madison Park Technical Vocational High School

Madison Park Technical Vocational High School is Boston’s only vocational and technical high school providing rich training in 16 vocational tracks. The mission of the Madison Park Technical Vocational High School is to provide our students with rigorous academic and technical educational programs and the character necessary to further pursue and succeed in postsecondary and career opportunities in order to become productive citizens.  

https://www.bostonpublicschools.org/madisonpark


About The Possible Project

The Possible Project works to instill an entrepreneurial mindset in our students, developing the social-emotional skills necessary to work collaboratively and solve problems in a high-level career path. We guide students through a dynamic curriculum, including hands-on work experience and individualized career planning, to develop the personal qualities that predict future professional success. https://possibleproject.org/

Source: Timothy Viall

Senior Media Relations Specialist

Boston Medical Center

Monday, December 10, 2018

What's up at the East Boston Library: Holiday Clarinet Concert - December 15



Holiday Clarinet Concert

Saturday, December 15th at 3 p.m.

East Boston Branch Library


Join Nicole DeMaio and Bradley Frizzell for a Holiday Clarinet Concert! We'll be playing many Christmas, Hanukkah, and Winter favorite songs. We welcome kids and families, free admission. 

For more information, call (617) 569-0271.

Friday, December 7, 2018

December 12: Hearing on Proposed Porter Street Pot Shop

Notice of Public Meeting
Notice is hereby given that a Community Outreach Meeting for a Proposed Marijuana Establishment is scheduled for:

Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: East Boston Social Center: 68 Central Square, East Boston, MA 02128

The Proposed Marijuana Establishment is anticipated to be located at 24 Porter Street, East Boston, MA 02128

There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Related news story from the Boston Herald.


Thursday, December 6, 2018

Suffolk County DA-Elect Rachael Rollins Announces Transition Team

(BOSTON, December 6, 2018) - Suffolk County District Attorney-elect Rachael Rollins is pleased to announce the formation of her transition team, a collection of retired judges and law enforcement officials, returning citizens, former prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys, clergy members, academics, and select members of the local community who, by their lived experiences, reflect the vast and varied means by which a prosecutor’s office engages with the community it serves. 

The team’s work will be guided by Rollins’ transition co-chairs, Martin Murphy of Foley Hoag and Natashia Tidwell of Hogan Lovells, and a six-member steering committee comprised of talented and experienced criminal defense attorneys, former prosecutors, and recognized experts in community engagement.  

Transition Steering Committee

Reverend Willie Bodrick, II is an ordained Baptist minister serving as the Associate Pastor of the Historic Twelfth Baptist Church in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston. He also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Roxbury YMCA and as the Chairperson of the Boston Network for Black Student Achievement. Rev. Bodrick is a 2010 graduate of Georgetown University (BA) and 2014 graduate from Harvard Divinity School (M. Div.). He previously served as the Outreach Coordinator in the Community Engagement Division of the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General Maura Healey. Rev. Bodrick is currently a second year (2L) Juris Doctor candidate at Northeastern University School of Law.  He is a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. 

Nurys Camargo is the Regional Director of External Affairs for AT&T Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Prior to AT&T, Camargo was a Senior Policy Advisor for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, where she worked on various issues surrounding youth violence, witness protection and reentry. Camargo is the founder of Chica Project, a year-long social enterprise for Latinas and women of color ages 14-18, which is devoted to closing the opportunity divide for young women.  She holds a master’s degree in public administration from Baruch College in New York City, and a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Mount Ida College. 

Jessica D. Hedges is a founding partner of the firm Hedges & Tumposky, LLP, a Boston firm focusing on criminal defense and civil rights litigation.  Much of Hedges’ professional life is inspired by her conviction that over-reliance on incarceration is a source of social ills rather than a remedy for them.  Thus, in addition to traditional advocacy she devotes significant professional energy to supporting, developing, and teaching about meaningful alternatives to incarceration.  Hedges taught the Criminal Advocacy Clinic at Northeastern University School of Law for several years, where she instructed students in trial advocacy skills, and supervised them in actual representations in district courts.  She was also selected by the United States District Court of Massachusetts to be the Chair of the Criminal Justice Act Board, which assists the court in the selection and administration of the Criminal Justice Act Panel, a slate of attorneys who are authorized to accept court appointments on behalf of indigent defendants. The Board acts as a liaison between the Court and the defense bar and advises the Court on matters pertaining to the practices and policies of the Court. 

Justice (Ret.) Geraldine Hines is the Huber Visiting Professor at Boston College Law School having previously served as an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”).  The first black woman ever appointed to the SJC, Justice Hines served the judiciary and the Commonwealth with distinction for 16 years.  A Mississippi native, Justice Hines graduated from Tougaloo College and the University of Wisconsin Law School.  Upon graduation she became a staff attorney at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, engaging in prisoner's rights litigation, and then practiced criminal law with the Roxbury Defenders' Committee in positions of progressively greater responsibility culminating as the Director of the Committee. Following her tenure as a staff attorney at the Harvard University Center for Law and Education, Justice Hines entered private practice, appearing in state and federal courts on criminal, administrative, labor and family law matters. Of particular note, she continued to litigate civil rights cases, including employment discrimination and police misconduct claims, as a founding partner in the first law firm of women of color in the New England region. She began her judicial career in 2001 as an associate justice of the Superior Court and served on the Appeals Court for one year before her appointment to the SJC in 2014 where she sat until her retirement in 2017.  

Daniel P. Mulhern is Senior Advisor to Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Director of the City of Boston’s Office of Public Safety. Mulhern is responsible for establishing cross agency and cabinet coordination to tackle the challenging and complex problems that lead to and perpetuate violence.  Prior to joining the Walsh administration, Mulhern was a prosecutor for close to fifteen years and Chief of the Gang and Safe Neighborhood Unit in Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s Office.  Mulhern has been recognized locally and nationally for his work in public safety and community partnerships.

Donna Patalano previously served as Chief of Professional Integrity & Ethics at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. In that role, she worked to create the state's first Conviction Integrity Program and served as chief of the office's Training Program. In 2015, the SJC appointed her chair of the Board of Bar Overseers, the agency responsible for the discipline of state’s 60,000 active attorneys. Patalano appeared regularly in the Supreme Judicial Court, Appeals Court, and Suffolk Superior Court, both as a prosecutor and as appellate counsel for indigent clients. She served as a member of the SJC's Committee on Grand Jury Practice, Winchester's Zoning Board of Appeals, and as chair for its Town Counsel Search Advisory Committee. She currently is a member of the Mass Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section Council. Following her graduation from Boston College Law School, she clerked for the Honorable Elspeth Cypher, Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

Source: Donna Patalano

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Contractor TJ McCartney and Painters Union honored for their volunteer efforts in renovating and improving the Boston Harbor Islands

From left to right (first row): Tom Steeves, President, TJ McCartney, Jeff Sullivan, Business Manager, IUPAT DC 35, Instructor Jim Sullivan, FTI-NE, and Tom Gunning, Executive Director, BTEA, along with FTI-NE apprentices receiving the award.
In an ongoing partnership between industry leader TJ McCartney and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 35, countless hours have been devoted towards the maintenance and upkeep of the Boston Harbor Islands.

Special guests including State Senator Nick Collins, State Representative-Elect David Biele, State Representative Dan Hunt, and Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn were in attendance at the event. 

(Boston, MA November 28, 2018) - At an awards gala hosted by Boston Harbor Now, contractor T.J. McCartney, Inc. and members from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades DC 35 were recognized for their long-standing commitment to renovate and revive facilities on the Boston Harbor Islands. 

TJ McCartney, with the help of apprentices from the Finishing Trades Institute of New England, volunteered countless hours to the maintenance of several Boston Harbor Islands, including years of pro-bono work with the creation of three gazebos on Spectacle Island and the rehabilitation of many different projects on George’s Island. 

"The Painters Union has been our partner in this initiative since the beginning. We are excited to partner together on this project because it benefits not only the people of Boston but is a wonderful experience for all those that visit this city.” Said Tom Steeves, President of TJ McCartney. “We are honored to accept this award from Boston Harbor Now for our work at the Boston Harbor Islands, and we look forward to continuing the collaboration with more projects in the near future."

“We have the best-trained apprentices in the industry. Our partnership with TJ McCartney has provided an excellent opportunity for them to gain work experience and contribute towards a better Boston," said Jeff Sullivan, Business Manager, IUPAT DC 35. 

"Our apprenticeship program recently received national accreditation as a post-secondary educational institution and we are working towards receiving college degree-conferring authority. Our students will soon be receiving Associates Degrees when they graduate from the program, increasing their ability to embark on successful careers in the finishing trades. We are thankful to Boston Harbor Now for recognizing the work of our apprentices and our partner TJ McCartney."

The volunteer efforts of TJ McCartney and IUPAT DC35 contribute immensely to Boston Harbor Now’s goal of re-establishing Boston as one of the world’s great coastal cities. These efforts also serve as a primary example of how Labor/Management partnerships in the construction industry work together to improve the parks and communities for the people of Boston. Both organizations were honored alongside The Fallon Company and Massachusetts Port Authority for their contributions to Boston Harbor.

About T.J. McCartney, Inc.: With close to 40 years of experience in the drywall industry, we provide our clients with the best project managers, estimators, and field personnel in the business. T.J. McCartney, Inc. is certified with SOMWBA, as well as with the city of Boston as a WBE. At T.J. McCartney, Inc. we have built a reputation for quality workmanship and exceptional performance.

For more information about T.J. McCartney, Inc. please visit https://www.tjminc.com/

About District Council 35: 
District Council 35 has a history of doing charity projects to support the community. Their organization branches and members have done work in public schools, organized hurricane relief, and collaborated in support of numerous community groups around New England. District Council 35 is an organization of approximately 4000 members in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island affiliated with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. District Council 35 is committed to serving the interests of members and those unrepresented workers who hope to join. The DC 35 is determined to continue to ensure the best wages and benefits in the industries. The organization's mission is to represent members for purposes of collective bargaining, to organize workers in a variety of occupations, and to advocate for workers and their families. For more information about IUPAT DC 35, please visit http://iupatdc35.org/.

December 4: Hearing on proposed Nay Street Marijuana Establishment

Notice of Public Meeting

Notice is hereby given that a Community Outreach Meeting for a Proposed Marijuana Establishment is scheduled for:


Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018  
Time: 6:20 PM 
Location: EB High School: 86 White Street, East Boston, MA 02128

The Proposed Marijuana Establishment is anticipated to be located at: 

17 Nay Street, East Boston, MA 02128

There will be an opportunity for the public to ask questions.

If you have any questions about this meeting or have comments about the proposal please contact:

J. Jesús García 
Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services
jose.garcia-mota@boston.gov
617-635-2681

Please note, the city does not represent the owner(s)/developer(s)/attorney(s). The purpose of this meeting is to get community input and listen to the residents’ positions on this proposal. This flyer has been dropped off by the proponents per the city’s request.



Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Mayor Walsh, Commissioner Gross Announce Recipients of 2019 Boston Youth Development Fund: East Boston's Zumix on List with Roca's EB Youth Initiative




BOSTON - Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William Gross today announced the recipients of Boston's Police Youth Development Fund. The City of Boston has doubled last year's funding, and this year, $500,000 will go to the Youth Development Fund, which provides $25,000 to 20 organizations which work to provide development programs for Boston's youth, ensuring they have access to programs that give them more opportunities to thrive and succeed. In addition, the City has applied for funding through the Commonwealth's Shannon Community Safety Initiative to further support multidisciplinary approaches to curb youth violence through coordinated prevention and intervention programs.

"In Boston, we work every day to make sure our young people are lifted up, and given every opportunity to succeed. That means through education, through development programs, and through having a safe, stable environment that will give them the resources and opportunities they need," said Mayor Walsh. "The Boston Police are a major partner in this, and I'm proud that today we're able to fund 20 great organizations that will make a lasting difference in the lives of Boston's youth for years to come."

Under the leadership of Mayor Walsh, the Boston Police Department has prioritized community policing as an effective way to reduce crime, while building trust with the community. The Boston Police Department received national recognition from the Obama Administration in 2015 as being one of the top cities in the nation that is leading the way on community policing. Earlier this year, Mayor Walsh announced the formation of the Bureau of Community Engagement at the Boston Police Department, which is charged with overseeing a citywide effort to further strengthen community policing in Boston, and focused on ways to build relationships and trust between law enforcement and residents, creating new and innovative partnerships, and promoting inclusion and diversity within the department. Commissioner Gross appointed Superintendent Nora Baston to serve as Bureau Chief for the Bureau.

"As Commissioner, my number one goal to ensure all residents in Boston are safe -- and that includes Boston's young people," said Commissioner Gross. "We have the biggest opportunity to change lives by providing resources and support to Boston's youth, and through these programs, we are able to positively impact lives and create a better city for all."

As part of Boston's overall community policing strategy, the Boston Police Department prioritizes relationships with youth and the community as the key to building trust and creating safe neighborhoods. This starts with an emphasis on daily interactions on the streets and in school classrooms, and includes proactive prevention and diversion for at-risk youth and their families. In addition, the department provides positive pathways for our youth through programs such as Operation Exit and My Brother's Keeper. The BPD has strong partnerships and year-round district activities with residents through Coffee with A Cop, National Night Out, youth and police dialogues, teen police academy, flashlight walks, Shop with a Cop, and more.

"Our community is a caring one, one who seeks the best for its children, but caring for our youth comes with many responsibilities - not only from our families but through neighborhood partnerships and person to person interactions," said Candice D. Gartley, executive director All Dorchester Sports and Leadership. "All Dorchester Sports and Leadership sees their role in the community not only as a place to provide athletic activities and academic opportunities but also as a place for children to feel safe and cared for near their homes. With the City's help and the  Mayor's steadfast commitment of these grant dollars to organizations such as ADSL, we will continue to build and create more opportunities for youth and young adults in our organization and our city."      

"I was thrilled to make the Youth Development Fund my initial budget ask in my first term and am delighted to partner with Mayor Walsh to support the Fund and Shannon Grant to help dozens of programs expand their capacity to serve, empower, and educate our young people," said City Council President Andrea Campbell. "The jobs, skills, and relationships young people build through these programs are critical to breaking cycles of inequity, especially for young people of color, and ensuring they reach their God-given potentials."

A full list of recipients for the Youth Development Fund grants are as follows, with each recipient receiving a $25,000 grant:


  •     All Dorchester Sports & Leadership - Educational Enrichment Programs
  •     BalletRox - BalletRox
  •     Boston Scores - Leadership in Action
  •     Center for Teen Empowerment - Teen Empowerment Boston
  •     Crossroads - Crossroads C5 Leaders
  •     Dorchester Youth Collaborative - Focus and Finish After School Program
  •     Friends of the Children-Boston - Long-Term, Professional Mentoring for the Highest-Risk Girls/Young Women
  •     Madison Park Development Corporation - Soheil Turner Youth Leadership Institute- After School and Summer Youth Employment Programs
  •     More Than Words - Youth Development Job Training for System-Involved Youth
  •     Playworks New England - Playworks Junior Coach Leadership Program
  •     Project RIGHT, Inc. - Grove Hall Youth Outreach Connection
  •     Rehearsal for Life, Inc. - Urban Improv
  •     Roca, Inc. - Roca's East Boston Central American Youth Initiative
  •     Roxbury Youthworks, Inc. - Gaining Independence for Tomorrow (GIFT)
  •     Shooting Touch - Getting Girls in the Game (G3)
  •     Sociedad Latina - STEAM Team
  •     Sportsmen's Tennis & Enrichment Center - HEY Sister
  •     Teen Center at St. Peter's, Catholic Charities of Boston - Teen Center at St. Peter's, Focus Groups for Middle School Girls
  •     Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center - Connections
  •     ZUMIX - ZUMIX Creative Youth Development Programs

Source: Mayor's Press Office 11/27/2018

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Launch of First Tech Apprenticeship Program in Massachusetts

Innovative training program will help connect a diverse pool of applicants to high demand jobs in areas such as software development and cyber security

BOSTON, MA – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the launch of Apprenti Massachusetts, the first technology focused registered apprenticeship program in the Commonwealth. The program will work with the tech industry to identify high demand employment categories which can be filled by motivated job seekers regardless of their educational background. Applicants for the program will be recruited from a broad base of local community partners. Accepted applicants will receive up to five months of certified technical training and one year of paid on-the-job training  through one of the program’s employer partners.

“Massachusetts is home to world-class educational institutions and a dynamic workforce that serve as the foundation of the Commonwealth’s economic strength and resiliency,” said Governor Charlie Baker.  “The launch of industry-specific apprenticeships, beginning with our partnership with Apprenti, enhances the state’s position as a global leader in tech and education by providing a new pathway for people who are eager to enter the tech sector but who might not otherwise have had the training or connections to pursue it.”

“Our administration has taken important steps to ensure Massachusetts’ workforce is prepared to participate in and help shape the state’s incredible innovation economy,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito . “Apprenticeship programs and partnerships with  organizations like Apprenti are necessary to supercharge workforce development and drive even more economic growth in the Commonwealth by bringing more citizens into the tech workforce and we are grateful to the Workforce Skills Cabinet for their leadership on these efforts.”

In 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration established the Workforce Skills Cabinet to align the Executive Offices of Education, Housing and Economic Development, and Labor and Workforce Development toward a comprehensive economic growth agenda focused on closing skills gaps in areas such as technology, health care, and advanced manufacturing.

To date, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded more than $50 million in Workforce Skills Capital Grants to help educational institutions purchase job ready technologies that positively impact thousands of students in the Commonwealth every year. The Fiscal Year 2019 budget was the first to include a joint workforce funding request and included money for expanding the apprenticeship model into high demand fields. This year’s economic development bill also included new tax credits for companies starting up registered apprenticeships in Healthcare, Advanced Manufacturing, and Tech.

“The tech apprenticeship program will help further our efforts to align our education, economic, and workforce programs to address the potential of critical talent shortages in high demand occupations due to changing technical requirements in the coming years,” said Labor and Workforce Development  Secretary Rosalin Acosta. “This program is a great  example of the power of collaboration between private, public, philanthropic, and the nonprofit sector and I want to thank the One8 Foundation for identifying this opportunity and helping us turn it into a reality.”

“This new apprenticeship program not only strengthens our response to critical employer needs in information technology, it also aligns with our efforts to expand computer science education at all levels, while providing students with work-based learning experiences,” Education Secretary James Peyser said.

“Employers in Massachusetts have added over 60,000 jobs over the last year, with much of those gains concentrated in key knowledge based sectors of our economy like information technology,” said Housing and Economic Development  Secretary Jay Ash. “The launch of the first tech apprenticeship program will help Massachusetts leverage our existing talent pools and help them acquire the skills and experience to meet the needs of our  fastest growing employers.”

The announcement event was held at the global headquarters of Wayfair, a home goods e-commerce company founded in Massachusetts. Wayfair is one of Apprenti Massachusetts’ founding employer partners, and will be hiring apprentices from the first Apprenti tech apprentice cohort. Additional founding hiring partners include Cengage, CarbonBlack, Harvard University Information Technology, Partners Healthcare, and PTC.

“Wayfair is excited to partner with Governor Baker, Lt.  Governor Polito and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on the launch of Apprenti Massachusetts,” said Niraj Shah, CEO, co-founder  and co-chairman of Wayfair. “Wayfair’s success is built on the strength of our workforce and our continued rapid growth as a global e-commerce leader depends on our ability to source and develop the very best tech talent. With our corporate headquarters firmly rooted in Massachusetts, we are committed  to working hand-in-hand with the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and the Commonwealth to ensure the local talent pool has greater access to the tech sector and the skills and training needed to help drive our innovation economy forward. We look forward  to welcoming members of the first Apprenti class to the Wayfair team.”

The application and training certification process will be handled through the Apprenti Massachusetts online platform. Apprenti is an industry recognized, state and federally accredited program, which was created by the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA.) 

Apprenti Massachusetts will be funded by  the One8 Foundation and will reside at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech,) the state’s lead quasi-public agency to support the technology sector in Massachusetts. The One8 Foundation, a Boston-based philanthropic organization focused on increasing access to applied learning opportunities for Massachusetts students and adults, will fund the initial operations of Apprenti in the state while the organization grows its set of employer partners and expands its work with apprentices.

“We’re honored that the Administration has chosen MassTech as the Massachusetts partner and host for this critical program,” stated Pat Larkin, Director of the Innovation Institute at MassTech. “The Innovation Institute has shepherded programs that have grown tech internships, added new mentoring opportunities for entrepreneurs, and increased cybersecurity training statewide. Hosting Apprenti makes perfect sense and complements our existing programs  extremely well.”

“More than 10 percent of the Massachusetts labor force  works in tech, and that’s a higher percentage than any other state,” said Apprenti Executive Director Jennifer Carlson. “In 2017, there were more than 100,000  tech job postings in Massachusett and Apprenti wants to help the state fill these roles by providing a clear path to employment through apprenticeship.”

Applications for tech apprenticeships in Massachusetts  through the Apprenti platform are available now. More information on how to become an apprentice or a hiring partner can be found at www.apprenti.org.

The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative is an innovative public agency working to enhance  economic growth, accelerate technology use and adoption, and harness the value of research by engaging in meaningful collaborations across academia, industry, and government.  From improving our health care systems and expanding high-speed internet across  the state to fostering emerging industry clusters, MassTech is driving innovation and supporting a vibrant economy across the Commonwealth. Visit masstech.org to learn more. 

The MassTech Intern Partnership connects talented college students and recent graduates to internships in the state's dynamic technology sector.

Source: Workskills Cabinet/EOWLD:  11/15/2018

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Suffolk County District Attorney-Elect Rachael Rollins names transition chairs

Tidwell, Murphy bring extensive experience as prosecutors and defense attorneys at federal, state level 

BOSTON – Suffolk County District Attorney-elect Rachael Rollins has named two chairs to lead her transition team.

Rollins was overwhelmingly elected as the next Suffolk County District Attorney last week, garnering more than 80% of the vote. Today, she named Natashia Tidwell and Martin F. Murphy to lead her transition as she builds her team and lays the groundwork to take office in January. Tidwell and Murphy are experienced criminal prosecutors and defense attorneys who have served at the state and federal levels.

Tidwell is a former police lieutenant who went on to serve as a federal prosecutor in both the Public Integrity Section of the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office here in Boston. She is currently in private practice at Hogan Lovells in Boston. Murphy served as the First Assistant District Attorney in the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and as a federal prosecutor, and currently serves as a trial lawyer at the Boston law firm Foley Hoag. Murphy is also Vice President of the Boston Bar Association and a member of the Board of Directors for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.

“The voters sent a clear message that the status quo in our criminal justice system is not good enough and it is time for a change,” Rollins said. “That work starts today. Natashia and Marty bring a diverse set of experiences to these leadership roles, and I’m so thankful that they have agreed to help us build a high-quality, dedicated team that will reflect the communities we serve. Together we are going to build a smarter, more compassionate criminal justice system for everyone.”

Rollins’ election reflects a widespread demand for change in a criminal justice system that for too long has not worked fairly for everyone. Rollins has promised to bring new solutions to the office that will break down wealth and racial disparities, keep communities safe and treat all people with dignity and respect.

As Suffolk County District Attorney she will keep communities safe and ensure justice for victims. Rollins is committed to improving our criminal justice system through best-practices and data-driven programs. That includes focusing on treatment, not prosecution, for those swept up in the justice system for minor crimes. This will also allow prosecutors to focus more resources on the serious crimes that truly undermine public safety, like domestic violence, sexual assault, gun violence, and homicides. Rollins is looking forward to working with community partners, law enforcement, and the residents of Suffolk County to transform the District Attorney’s office.


Natashia Tidwell


Natashia Tidwell is an attorney in the Investigations, White Collar, and Fraud practice group of Hogan Lovells US LLP’s Boston office.  She began her legal career as a federal prosecutor in both the Department of Justice (DOJ) Public Integrity Section and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Natashia handled a wide variety of investigations, enforcement proceedings, and trials related to conspiracy, extortion, narcotics, and organized crime. At DOJ, she prosecuted and supervised investigations of serious misconduct by public officials throughout the United States and its territories.  Natashia’s interest in criminal justice took root during her tenure as a police officer in Cambridge.  While there, she rose through the ranks to become the first female lieutenant in the department's history. Currently, she applies her specialized knowledge of policing and court practices to her work as the Lead Monitor in Ferguson, Missouri where she oversees implementation of a federal consent decree following a DOJ investigation of unconstitutional police and municipal court practices. 



Martin F. Murphy

Martin F. Murphy is trial lawyer at Foley Hoag LLP, where he represents, individuals, companies, universities, and other institutions in civil and criminal proceedings. Marty has served as the First Assistant District Attorney of Middlesex County, where he prosecuted homicide, domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, civil rights and financial crimes cases, as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, and as a State Ethics Commissioner. He is the Vice-President of the Boston Bar Association,  a member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. Marty lives in South Boston.

Construction starts for Phase 2 Redevelopment of Orient Heights Projects in East Boston


BOSTON - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 ­- Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that Phase Two of the Orient Heights redevelopment in East Boston has officially begun, a $51.6 million investment that is part of a larger effort to transform the 331-unit public housing development, originally built in 1951. The Boston Housing Authority (BHA), the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), and the developers of Trinity Financial and East Boston Community Development Corp., last week began rebuilding 88 units at the site.

Following the successful completion of Phase One, a $51.2 million investment which created 120 units of new affordable rental housing, Phase Two will leverage $10 million in proceeds from the sale of the Winthrop Square Garage, as well as $1.83 million in Inclusionary Development Policy Funds, secured from the Davis Companies' 99 Sumner Street development in East Boston.

"Today we celebrate another significant milestone in the revitalization of Orient Heights," said Mayor Walsh. "This effort will continue to improve the lives of our residents, while creating a community that more appropriately fits in with the surrounding neighborhood."

Phase One of the project, which was completed in the spring of 2018, consisted of the demolition of 90 existing public housing units and the construction of 120 units in a combination of townhouse and mid rise buildings. The units are spread across four town homes containing 32 units and one mid-rise building containing 88 units and on-site property management offices. All 120 units will receive an operating subsidy - 75 percent of the units will receive state public housing operating subsidy and 25 percent of the units will receive project-based subsidy through the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program. The Phase One project achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification.

Phase Two will include the demolition of 87 existing units in four buildings and the construction of 88 replacement state-funded public housing units in two townhouse buildings and one mid rise building. The redevelopment will also include improvements to the existing infrastructure and open spaces, and is anticipated to be completed in 2020.

"It is amazing to see the changes in our community since the completion of Phase One," said resident Carol Johnson. "The residents of Orient Heights are pleased and enthusiastic about what is to follow with Phase Two."

The Orient Heights public housing development is owned and managed by the BHA, which undertook a planning process in 2008, funded by DHCD, to consider redevelopment options for the site. The BHA commissioned a master plan with an overall design concept and established the goals for the site's redevelopment-to transform the site into an attractive, energy-efficient and healthy housing community modeled on the successful transformations of previous public housing redevelopment efforts at sites such as West Broadway, Maverick, and Old Colony.

In January 2015, the BHA selected the development team of Trinity Financial and East Boston Community Development Corp. to work with BHA and DHCD and finalize a redevelopment strategy for the site. This development team will secure financing to implement the redevelopment, and will own and manage the buildings post-redevelopment. The BHA will continue to own the land and will lease it to Trinity.

"We look forward to continuing our work with Trinity Financial, our development partners, to revitalize the Orient Heights public housing community," said BHA Administrator Bill McGonagle.

The total development cost for Orient Heights Phase Two will be approximately $51.6 million. The financing plan includes $19.4 million in private equity raised through an allocation of federal 4 percent Low-Income Housing Tax Credits; tax-exempt bonds for construction financing; $16.75 million in state public housing capital funds from BHA and DHCD; and $11.8M affordable housing resources from the City of Boston. DHCD also provided $32.7 million in state public housing capital funds for Orient Heights Phase One.

"We are proud to support this transformational project that will benefit the residents of Orient Heights and the larger East Boston neighborhood, with our largest capital commitment ever of nearly $50 million for a state-aided public housing development," said Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Janelle Chan. "I want to recognize Boston Housing Authority's creative leadership, Trinity's partnership, and the City of Boston's unprecedented commitment of funds to make this project work."

BHA and the development team continue to hold meetings with residents and the neighborhood, meetings with the Resident Task Force and various meetings with City and State officials. BHA, Trinity, and the East Boston Community Development Corp. will continue to meet with the residents and the broader neighborhood on an on-going basis throughout the project's stages.

Current Phase Two residents of the site worked with a relocation team regarding which relocation options best meet their needs. Relocation options included moving to another BHA public housing development of their choice or moving to privately-owned housing with a state-subsidized Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP). Residents may choose to return to the redeveloped site when construction is complete or remain in place after initial relocation.  

About the Boston Housing Authority
The Boston Housing Authority (BHA) is a public agency that provides subsidized housing to low and moderate income individuals and families. In addition to conventional public housing communities throughout Boston, BHA offers rental assistance programs. BHA receives federal and state funding in order to provide housing programs to individuals and families. BHA's mission is to provide stable, quality affordable housing for low and moderate income persons; to deliver these services with integrity and mutual accountability; and to create living environments which serve as catalysts for the transformation from dependency to economic self-sufficiency.

Source: Mayor's Press Office