Thursday, January 12, 2012

Health Center offers free career advancement classes and health information workshops!

(EAST BOSTON, MA — January 11, 2012) Start the New Year off on the right foot! Beginning this month, the Education and Training Institute of the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) will offer free career advancement classes and health-information workshops to the residents of East Boston, Revere, Winthrop, Chelsea, and Everett.

Starting on January 18, the East Boston Harborside School will provide free General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes during daytime hours at the Education and Training Institute at 155 Addison Street in East Boston. Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to develop your potential! To find out about hours and to register, call 617-635-5115. 

Other sessions to be offered this year include certified nursing assistant (CNA) training, financial literacy and math classes, job placement training, a disability rights workshop, and many health education topics.  Most courses are offered in English as well as Spanish, and participants do not need to be EBNHC staff members or patients in order to attend.

While the Education and Training Institute is commonly known as a training facility for EBNHC employees, the goal of the Institute is to help the community in other ways beyond traditional health care services. “We are pleased to have great partners working with us, like the Harborside School, to help provide valuable resources to our neighboring communities,” said Steven Snyder, Vice President of Education and Training at EBNHC.

The Institute isn’t limiting itself to the typical continuing education courses, either. “We are also planning to offer some really interesting and fun topics to get community members together at the Institute,” said Snyder. “Our schedule includes a presentation on the great history of Revere Beach and another on the history of immigration in our community.”

The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) has been a vital part of the community for over 40 years, providing easily accessible, high-quality health care to all who live and work in East Boston and the surrounding communities of Chelsea, Revere, Everett, and Winthrop. EBNHC handles 300,000 patient visits per year—more than any other ambulatory care center in New England.

For more information about the Education and Training Institute and upcoming offerings, call 617-568-6444 or visit

Joanna Cataldo
Education and Training Institute
East Boston Neighborhood Health Center; 617-568-6444

Source: EBNHC

Chamber to install new officers on Feb. 9 at Spinelli's

This just in from the Chamber of Commerce:


President Diane J. Modica
First Vice President  Pat Todisco, III

Second Vice President  Marisa DiPietro

Third Vice President Scott Heigelmann

Treasurer  Kim Altschul

Secretary Joanna Cataldo

New Board Members:  Phil Giffee, Michael Sulprizio and Bobby Martin.

Existing Board Members:  Sal Amico, Rodrigo Angulo, Robert Indresano, Christopher Pachios, Maureen Ferris

Outgoing Members: Joe Zirpolo, Franz Israel, Scott Warren and President Neffo Cappuccio

Thursday, February 9, 2012
282 Bennington Street, East Boston

Reservations are required, please call 617-569-5000 or e-mail at
175 McClellan Highway (Rt. 1 A), Suite 1, East Boston, MA 02128  Tel: (617) 569 5000


Local Big Sister celebrates one-year anniversary with Little Sister

East Boston (January 10, 2012) — East Boston resident, Big Sister Kim and her Little Sister Amanda, of Revere, recently celebrated their one year anniversary.   

Big Sister Association of Greater Boston asks for a minimum commitment of 12 months in their Community-Based Mentoring program, though many of our Big and Little Sister relationships last for several years, and even develop into lifelong friendships as the Little Sister becomes an adult. Research has shown that mentoring relationships lasting at least one year, particularly for girls, result in more positive outcomes in a girl’s social-emotional development, academic performance, and ability to make healthy decisions.  

 The success of the relationship is a direct result of the volunteer’s commitment and the professional assessment, training, and support the volunteers receive from the agency’s social work staff.  Big Sister wishes to congratulate Kim on making a difference in the life of her Little Sister as a caring, supportive friend and mentor.

About Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, founded in 1951, is New England's leading advocate for the healthy development of girls. They are the only mentoring organization in Massachusetts that combines the established, research-based practices of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America with a gender-specific lens proven to increase positive outcomes for girls. In 2011, Big Sister mobilized 200,000 volunteer hours to mentor 2,956 girls in Boston and inspire them to excellence in school, at home, and in the community. For more information about Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, visit .

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

East Boston Family to Present Donation to Boston Medical Center

2011 Deep Freeze Hockey Tournament raised $2,000 for BMC cancer support services

(Boston) – On Thursday, Jan. 12, members of the Anthony Family from East Boston will present a donation to Boston Medical Center (BMC) for its cancer support services. The $2,000 was raised during the two-day East Boston Deep Freeze Hockey Tournament, held in December that featured the high school hockey teams from East Boston, Newton South, Swampscott and a combined St. Clement, Medford-Pope John, Everett team.

The Anthony’s are long-time supporters of BMC and, over the past seven years, have raised more than $20,000 for BMC by hosting numerous events in their community.

Robert Anthony, who is the coach of the East Boston High School hockey team, founded the East Boston Deep Freeze Hockey Tournament in 2006 to increase breast cancer awareness in honor of his wife, Jacki, who is a breast cancer survivor and a patient at BMC. 

Thus far, the funds raised have supported survivorship services at BMC, including funding for mastectomy prostheses and bras for underinsured women.

Another annual event organized by the Anthony family is Strike Out Cancer Baseball Tournament, which raises money for colon cancer research and cancer support services at BMC. This event was established in 2009 by East Boston High School administrator Phil Brangiforte and his wife, Carrie Anthony, who is a colon cancer survivor, a BMC patient and the daughter of Robert and Jacki Anthony.

IMG_1959 (L-R) – Dr. Amy Fallon from Boston Medical Center’s department of hematology and medical oncology and Jacki Anthony.
Dr. Chris Andry presented a letter of thanks from Boston Medical Center (BMC) President and CEO, Kate Walsh, to the Anthony family, who presented a $2,000 donation to BMC from their annual East Boston Deep Freeze Hockey Tournament.  The money will go to BMC’s cancer support services.(L-R): Robert Anthony, Jacki Anthony, Carrie Brangiforte (all from East Boston) and Dr. Chris Andry, executive director of cancer care services at Boston Medical Center

Sunday, January 8, 2012

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