Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Recapping the HarborArts Festival 2014

[Editor's note: Catch eastboston.com's slideshow of the 2014 HarborArts fest here.]

(EAST BOSTON, September 29, 2014) EVENT RECAP: HarborArts Presents: HarborArts Festival 2014 featuring Soul Clap and friends! Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Noon to Midnight at the HarborArts Shipyard Gallery, Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina Presented in association with We Are Music, Soul Clap Records, and Strewnshank Productions

East Your Art Out!  HarborArts Festival 2014, the fourth annual anniversary celebration of the HarborArts Shipyard Gallery, made a huge splash in East Boston!  Over 4,000 people flocked to the docks this past Saturday to enjoy a full day of arts, live music, activism, and delicious food & drink in the historic working shipyard. The last Saturday of summer brought us a postcard-perfect afternoon on the waterfront and festgoers of all ages from East Boston and beyond mingled along the pier with vendors and artists.  After sunset, we danced the night away under the stars before sweeping views of the sparkling Boston skyline.

The most successful HarborArts Festival to date would not have been possible without the generous support of the Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina, and the contributions of our sponsors and friends:

Soul Clap Records, We Are Music, Strewnshank Productions, Narragansett Brewing Co, Lagunitas Brewing Co, Angry Orchard Cider, Yelp, Uber, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, East Boston Main Streets, East Boston Chamber of Commerce, Future Boston Alliance, Spot & Beam Lighting, KC Arts Brokerage, East Boston Savings Bank, Zipcar, CopyAndPrint.com, Rhythm Superfoods, Grain Woodshop, Save That Stuff, The Boston Harbor Association, ZUMIX, Greenovate Boston, COOP Power, Harvard Extension Environmental Club, and others.  

BIG UPS to the musicians who delighted us with their amazing talents:Soul Clap, Tigerman WOAH!, DJ Bruno, Max Pela & CRUZZ (UNITY), Randy Deshaies, BOSQ, Cloud Factory Band, The Frotations, John Hanifin Band, DJ Ryan Brown, General Motor, DiverCity, and Mass Jammin Commission.

Immense gratitude for this year’s featured installations and artists:

Connected By Sea  
Liz LaManche, 2014.  
The world’s largest tattoo

Brian Kane, 2014.  
Boston’s HarborHeart

Circus for Construction  
Ann Lok Lui, Craig Reschke, Larisa Ovalles, and Benjamin Widger
Traveling event space for exhibiting and experiencing works of art + architecture

Arts on the Harbor
KC Arts Brokerage
Pop-up warehouse gallery

Larry Stearns, 2014.
Life-size interactive chess set

And last but certainly not least, A GIANT HUG to our committed HarborArts Crew of over 70 volunteers.

East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library Awarded Prestigious LEED® Green Building Certification

East Boston Branch Library, Bremen St. (Photograph Frank Conte for EastBoston.com

(BOSTON, September 30, 2014)  – Today Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that the East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library earned LEED Gold certification.   Established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute, LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is the world's foremost certification program for the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of green buildings.

“The City of Boston is committed to green design practices and eco-friendly development,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “By earning LEED Gold certification, the state-of-the art East Boston branch demonstrates how a successful architectural addition to a community can also be a sustainable one.”

The East Boston Branch, a 15,000 square foot building at 365 Bremen Street designed by William Rawn Associates Architects, Inc., opened in November 2013. The library building earned LEED certification for green design and construction in the areas of energy use, lighting, water, and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. The City of Boston’s Property and Construction Management department managed this capital project. The East Boston Branch was funded by the City of Boston and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
More Photographs from EastBoston.com

The East Boston Branch features an open floor plan with dedicated areas for children, teens, and adults. The library overlooks scenic Bremen Street Park, complete with views of the Boston skyline from the library’s reading porch. The diversity of East Boston is signified and celebrated by stone pavers on the exterior of the Branch that show the name and distance to the capital cities of the top 21 countries of origin of the residents of East Boston. As part of the sustainable design of the library site, storm water from the roof and site is directed to three "learning gardens" along the side of the East Boston Branch. At each garden is an interpretive panel which tells visitors about the sustainable aspects of the Branch and the gardens.

“Learning starts the moment you step onto the library property in East Boston,” said Amy E. Ryan, President of the Boston Public Library. “From the beginning, this project strived to be an environmentally responsible community gathering place. It’s rewarding to have achieved LEED Gold certification for what is already such a cherished asset in the neighborhood.”

LEED certification of the East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include: water conservation through storm water management, rainwater collection, underground recharge tanks, and low-flow bathroom fixtures; sustainably harvested and certified wood; underfloor ventilation and conditioning; a reflective roof; high-performance glass; daylight harvesting/dimming and occupancy sensors; 75 percent of construction waste was recycled; and use of low emitting materials and materials with recycled content.

“This building will not only have a long lasting impact on learning, but also on the City of Boston’s environmental footprint,” said Brian Swett, Chief of Environment, Energy and Open space. “Developing new municipal buildings in a sustainable way demonstrates the City’s commitment to building healthier buildings for our citizens and to reaching our goal of reducing municipal greenhouse gases 25 percent by 2020.”


Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit bpl.org.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Sept. 30: State Representative Candidate Forum "Our Community, Our Future"

You are cordially invited:
State Representative Candidate Forum "Our Community, Our Future" 

Date:  Tuesday, September 30
Time:  5:30-7:30 pm
Location:  Maverick Landing Community Room
31 Liverpool Street, East Boston

Simultaneous translation English to Spanish available, light refreshments will be served at 5:30 pm.  Children friendly environment, all are welcome.

This is a non-partisan candidate forum co-sponsored by Neighbors United for a Better East Boston (NUBE), Mass VOTE, Right to the City Boston, East Boston Ecumencial Council (EBECC) and Maverick Association of Residents (MAR).
For more info, please contact NUBE, 617-981-4010 or info@nubeastboston.org.

Thank you,
Maverick Association of Residents (M.A.R.)
31 Liverpool Street, East Boston, MA 02128
617-569-5100/ fax 617-567-2420
Twitter:  @MAREastBoston
Office Hours:  10am-1pm, Tuesday & Thursdays

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Harvard Professors and Clergy to Address the Media on Question 3 on Monday 9/22

(Cambridge, MA Sept. 20, 2014) Harvard University Professors and clergy in conjunction with Stand For Democracy will be gathering on the steps of Memorial Church at Harvard Yard at 11 AM Monday, September 22 to address the media on the religious and academic involvement behind repealing Question 3. This will be the first time that Catholic Clergy will be speaking publicly since Cardinal O’Malley and three other Bishops penned a letter backing the casino repeal effort.

Professor David Carrasco, the Neil L. Rudenstine Professor at Harvard characterized expanded gambling in Massachusetts as a systematic exploitation of the poor. Father Francisco Anzoategui of the Archdiocese of Boston said he is working around Question 3 to “stand for the poor”. Anzoategui, who oversees over 40 parishes throughout the greater Boston area has pledged to mobilize his parishes to educate his congregants on the societal ills of expanded gaming.

Moreover, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has pledged to mobilize more than 150 congregations throughout the region. The ELCA had previously played a major role in defeating the proposed Suffolk Downs proposal last November, as its parish in East Boston, Our Saviour’s, served as the nerve center for anti-casino activists and strategists. Clergy from the ELCA will be discussing their plans to further support Question 3.

This press conference comes at a time of uncertainty for the repeal camp. “We understand that our friends throughout the repeal camp have amassed a large amount of legal debt courageously fighting a predatory Goliath. However, we, Stand For Democracy and our religious affiliates are here to assure those in support of Question 3, MGM, Penn National, and Steve Wynn that the religious communities in Massachusetts have never been stronger and on a more united front with regards to a social issue than with Question 3”, said Sunha Kim of Stand For Democracy. “Keep in mind that East Boston was outspent nearly 100-1, yet the anti-casino campaign still prevailed. Ultimately, nobody is praying for a casino”, Kim continued.

Professor Harvey Cox, the Hollis Research Professor at Harvard will re-affirm his call for a one thousand minister anti-casino conference to be held at Harvard. Professor Cox is a world renowned theologian and academic who has spent the greater part of his life working on social justice and civil rights issues. “I am here, in part because this is my expression of my religious commitment, and I have been formed in my attitudes by a couple of people, one of them being Martin Luther King and more recently, Pope Francis ” Cox said. An official date for the conference will be released Monday at the press conference.

Latest News Round-up from the Friends of the East Boston Greenway: Next meeting set for 9/25

Friends of East Boston Greenway Meeting
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
East Boston YMCA, 215 Bremen Street

Announcements & Things Happening In the NeighborhoodWood Island Vista
Photo Slideshow of East Boston Greenway Connector
See beautiful pictures of the new trail and opening celebration from the end of summer. Thanks to Janet Knott, the Chief of Staff to Councilor Sal LaMattina, for her wonderful pictures and slideshow. Share this virtual tour with family and friends to show what the community has accomplished!
Slideshow posted to YouTube here: http://youtu.be/-vm8fxH0SzQ

Zumix Run to the Beat 5K - Race on the Greenway!
Sunday, Septmber 21, 2014 - Race at 9am, Registration starts 8am

Meet at Piers Park, Marginal Street, East Boston
Massport and East Boston Neighborhood Health Center present ZUMIX's RUN 2 the BEAT, Boston’s most scenic, musical, and fun 5K! Starting in Piers Park with incredible skyline views, our flat and fast race course takes you through Eastie’s incredible green spaces with live music along the route to help you push your pace and have fun! We invite you to run in costume, dressed as your favorite musical icon – either as a soloist or in a SUPERGROUP of four or more runners! You’ll be joined by over 400 runners of all ages and fitness levels. Together, we’ll raise over $25,000 to support ZUMIX’s work empowering youth and building community through music and the arts. Check in begins at 8am, race starts at 9am. After the race, join us for a post-run celebration, with performances from ZUMIX youth, food, games, and more! Prizes awarded to the fastest runners and best costumes! This year, we're improving our race timing by using chip timing so that you can be sure your time is 100% accurate! Low registration fee of $35 for solo adults, and $30 for adults in supergroups. Youth (under 18) are only $15! Register here: http://zumixrun2thebeat.eventbrite.com/ For more information visit http://www.zumix.org/community/events/run-2-beat-5k

Watercolor Painting Workshop at Belle Isle Urban Wild
Sunday, September 21, 2014 12:00 - 2:00pm

And also Sunday, September 28, 2014 12:00 - 2:00pm
12:00 - 2:00pm Belle Isle Urban Wild, 1150 Saratoga Street, East Boston (Behind CVS & Excel Academy)
The watercolor painting workshops enable artist of all skill levels to create their own green-space inspired masterpiece. Learn how to capture Boston's landscape with tips and techniques provided by local artists. Materials provided. Presented by Boston Parks and recreation. 617-961.3051 http://www.cityofboston.gov/parks Flyer Attached.

Belle Isle Harvest Festival
Sunday October 5, 2014 1:00 - 3:00pm
Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, 1298 Bennington Street, East Boston
The Friends of Belle Isle Marsh present this annual family friendly event complete with horse-drawn hayrides, live music, arts, animals, pumpkin decorating and information tables representing local environmental advocacy organizations. http://www.friendsofbelleislemarsh.org/

NEW East Boston Open Space Map & Guide Available!  
A brand new edition of the East Boston Open Space Map & Guide, produced by Boston Natural Areas Network is now available! This popular map was last issued several years ago, and since then a number of new parks, gardens and pathways have been added to East Boston's landscape- including the new Greenway Connector. Maps will be available at the Greenway meeting Thursday night, and soon at public locations throughout the neighborhood as well as online download. Maps are available in both English and Spanish. Volunteers are needed to help with map distribution. Please contact candice@bostonnatural.org if you are available to help deliver maps to public places and organizations. Thank you to those who made this second printing possible: The East Boston Foundation, Councilor Sal LaMattina, Representative Carlo Basile, The Boston Foundation - East Boston/Chelsea Environmental Fund and New England Patriots Charitable Foundation.

East Boston Farmers Market
Thursdays 3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. through October 16 (Rain or shine)
Lewis Mall, behind the Maverick T station on Sumner Street
Every Thursday afternoon during the summer and fall, the Farmers Market brings together farmers and neighbors to shop, enjoy performances by local musicians, and find information on healthy eating. The Farmers Market is the place to see friends, meet your neighbors, and celebrate being a member of our diverse and vibrant community. For more information visit http://ebnhc.org/en/food-access/farmers-market.html or contact Sam or Katie at 617-568-4028 at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.

East Boston Visitor Center & Museum Newsletter #5

This just in from Susan Brauner:

Project Site Location Update
This month members of the committee made a presentation to the Piers Park Project Advisory Committee (PAC) regarding placing the project on Piers Park I or II.  Architects Lyle Bradley and designer Gabriela Dumitrescu donated their time and considerable talents to devise excellent project boards.  The result of the meeting was not encouraging.  Following consultation with several sources, however, we will request another time on a PAC meeting agenda for further discussion.

We are also reviewing other harbor locations.

Financial Analysis
In preparation for the PAC meeting we have a complete project cost/revenue analysis with gracious input from Deputy Director Maria Muller of the MFA, and  museum consultants.  Please let us know if you would like to review the package.

Real Money!!
This month we were awarded a $1,000 mini-grant from the East Boston Foundation, although it has not been received.  The East Boston Community Development Corporation will administer the funds for us.  The money will be used for filing required legal paper work with the Secretary of State and Attorney General, paying the fees for the web site domain registration, and presentation material.

Our First Collection Item
The Mercandetti family of Andover was kind enough to give us a 1864 carte-de-visite.  During the 1860s the exchange of photographs with family and friends was quite popular.  Our gift is a lovely tooled leather album filled with photographs of attractive strangers.  On the reverse side on most of the pictures  it states they were taken at various commercial photographers in Maverick Square.  The contents were digitized by an historical society which we will be given.  We think it might be fun to put some of the photos on the web site and see if the people can be identified.  If not, we could get some great captions!  The album is being held by the head branch librarian at the BPL East Boston branch.

Community Group Handouts
Some committee members are fairly regularly asked to speak to groups.  We have found it a helpful tool to have a one-page hand out of the project available.  We have them in both English and Spanish.  

Reporter Fred Thys from the National Public Radio/WBUR  will be doing a story on the project in the near future.  We will advise you when it will air as well as where to find it after airing.  While we cannot yet legally raise money, i.e., until after we receive a Certificate of Solicitation from the Attorney General’s office, we thought it would be helpful, given the demographics of the audience, for the listeners to learn about the project.

New Officers
Debra Cave is not able to serve as Secretary. Fortunately, Bob Schmidt has agreed to act as both Secretary and Treasurer for the time being.  Also, AJ Castilla was no longer able to participate as Director of Communications and Marketing.  We are pleased that Theresa Malionek was able to fill this position.  We thank Debra and AJ for their service.  

We are also pleased that Neenah Estella Luna has agreed to act as our historical research coordinator.

Next Meeting
Monday, October 6th, 6:00PM, Maverick Landing Community Meeting Room, Liverpool Street.  Please attend, and feel free to bring other interested parties.  The more minds working on this the better, of course.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

14th Countdown to Kindergarten Parade Wrap-up

(East Boston, MA; September 15, 2014)....On Friday, September 5, 2013, East Boston Main Streets in association with Countdown to Kindergarten, local partners, and 25 local businesses held the 14th Countdown to Kindergarten Parade in East Boston. 

For the first time, East Boston Main Streets announced a $5,000 college scholarship in the form of a 529 college savings account.  This scholarship was made possible through the generous contribution of AirMall Boston.  This scholarship will be tied to perfect attendance during this coming school year.  EBMS and AirMall, in partnership with BPS will announce those Kindergarteners with exemplary attendance on a quarterly basis.  The winner will be announced at next year’s Parade.

With over 600 total participants, this year’s event was the largest Countdown Parade yet.  Just shy of 450 rising kindergarteners accompanied by parents, siblings, and care-givers marched down Meridian Street from Central Square to Maverick Square.  Along the way volunteers from 25 local businesses graciously filled the children’s’ backpacks with school supplies.  The children then returned to Central Square to special activities ranging from fingerprinting with the Sheriff’s department to face-painting, from hearing stories read by our librarian to special experiments from the science museum.  Lunch was graciously donated by Carlo’s Market and Deli and the music was provided by DJ Regalio Castro.

East Boston Main Streets and its partners would like to thank all the volunteers!

The East Boston Countdown to Kindergarten Parade is brought to you by: Countdown to Kindergarten, East Boston Main Streets, East Boston Family Engagement Network 

Special Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor: Airmall 

Thank You to our Sponsors: Councilor Sal Lamattina, Stae Representative Carlo Basile, State Senator Anthony Petruccelli, Councilor Ayanna Pressley, Councilor Michelle Wu, Councilor Stephen Murphy, Councilor Michael Flaherty, East Boston Kiwanis, East East Boston Foundation, Boston Rotary, Webster First FCU, First Priority CU, East Boston Savings Bank, Santander Bank, Mass Port, Suffolk Downs, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, East Boston Chamber of Commerce, East Boston Social Centers, East Boston YMCA, Logan Chiropractic, Stop & Shop

Thank You to all Business Participants: APAC, Balloon City, Bellino Insurance, Boston Fire Department, Carlos Deli, Boston Public Schools, Cradles to Crayons, District 7 Police Station, Taste of Eastie, DJ Rogelio, Omar & Oscar, Blanco & Negro, East Boston Dental Associates, Savers, East Boston Savings Bank, Logan Beauty Salon, East Boston District Court, East Boston Headstart, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, East Boston Thrive in Five, East Boston YMCA, Museum of Science, East Boston Social Centers, El Paisa Central Square, Michael’s Beauty Salon, Kool Smiles, El Poder Musical, Little Folks Day Care Center, Suffolk Downs, Manuel Macias Law Office, East Boston Family Dental, MBTA, MP&CO, McDonalds, Michael D’Avolio Law Office, Prime Lending Group, Shaws, Santander Bank, Stop & Shop, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Dept., United States Postal Service, Walgreens and many others!

Here is to the class of 2030!
East Boston Main Streets is a public/private partnership initiative of Boston Main Streets, which was established by Mayor Thomas M. Menino. The program has been operating in East Boston since 1995 to create a vibrant business district by initiating private and public improvements, promoting commerce, and supporting efforts to improve the quality of life for all who live, work and do business in East Boston.  East Boston Gateway, Inc. is a Non-Profit Organization Recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code

Source; East Boston Main Streets Max Gruner
September 15, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

After the MGC vote: Community group offers five guiding principles for development of Suffolk Downs

Former Secretary of Transportation and Local Urban Development Experts Announce New Vision for Future Planning of the Suffolk Downs Site

Community group offers five guiding principles for development
(BOSTON, Mass., September 17, 2014) -- Led by former Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Jim Aloisi, a largely East Boston-based group of urban planners, architects, public infrastructure experts, and representatives of various community groups propose an alternative vision to a casino at Suffolk Downs.

This group, formed after the November 5, 2013, election in which East Boston voters rejected a casino at Suffolk Downs, has been working toward offering a new vision for the development of the 161 acre site. The group is releasing this document in light of Sterling Suffolk LLC's decision Tuesday to close track operations next year.

The group’s two-page vision statement, titled “Overarching Principles For Development in East Boston,” outlines five principles by which all future significant development proposals in East Boston – and Suffolk Downs in particular – should be measured. The principles, including job creation, community inclusion and a transparent process, environmental impact, transit-oriented development, and economic feasibility, present a framework to ensure that this critical and unique site is developed in a way that enhances quality of life, job creation and return on investment for all residents of Boston and surrounding communities.

“Although Suffolk Downs is privately owned, it is supported by a highway and transit system owned and operated by the state and paid for by the taxpayers of Massachusetts,” said Aloisi, a native of East Boston. “It is only fair and just that any major development on its grounds be thoroughly vetted by local citizenry and surrounding communities. We hope these principles, which express a positive and forward-looking vision for the future of this site and community, will be embraced by a broad spectrum of state and local decision makers.”

As many real estate and other investment experts contend, the Suffolk Downs site offers a wealth of development possibilities beyond a casino. For example, Banker and Tradesman recently noted that "At a time when home and condo prices are soaring out of reach for middle class families in Boston, Suffolk's 110 or so Boston acres are a huge potential asset, ground zero for the Hub's next big mixed-use neighborhood of shops and homes." (1)

Desirable factors such as quick access to downtown Boston, Logan Airport and the emerging Innovation District in South Boston via the Blue Line and soon the Silver Line, as well as a shared economic center for the communities of East Boston, Revere and Winthrop make Suffolk Downs an exceptional candidate for a mix of housing and commercial development opportunities, according to the group. Also, the adjacent Belle Isle Marsh provides abundant green space and offers potential connections to the East Boston Greenway.

A full version of the  “Overarching Principles For Development in East Boston” can be found athttps://sites.google.com/site/eastboston2020/.  For more information, please contact MailFilterGateway has detected a possible fraud attempt from "mail.google.com" claiming to be east.boston.visioning@gmail.com.

Visioning group members include:

Jim Aloisi
Lyle Bradley
Joel Bryce
Ernani Jose DeAraujo
Antonio Di Mambro
Neenah Estrella-Luna, MPH, PhD
Brian Gregory
Steve Holt
Giordana Mecagni
Sandra Nijjar
Mike Russo
Trent Sheppard
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(1) Banker and Tradesman, "Forget Gambling: Suffolk Downs Has Mixed-Use Development Potential" Sunday, November 17, 2013http://www.bankerandtradesman.com/news157396.html

Thursday, September 11, 2014

HarborArts Festival 2014 featuring Soul Clap and friends!

HarborArts Presents: Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Noon to Midnight at the HarborArts Shipyard Gallery, Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina Presented in association with We Are Music and Soul Clap Records

Photographs from the 2013 Harbor Arts Festival by Frank Conte, Eastboston.com

East Your Art Out!  HarborArts Festival 2014 is the fourth annual anniversary celebration of the HarborArts Shipyard Gallery. Under the bright sun, HarborArts welcomes people of all ages from East Boston and all over the region for live music, pop-up galleries, installations, and activities the whole family can enjoy. As the sun sets, we'll dance the night away under the stars, with sweeping views of the Boston Skyline! Featuring performances by Soul Clap, TIGERMAN WOAH!, DJ Bruno, Max Pela & CRUZZ (UNITY), Randy Deshaies, BOSQ, Cloud Factory Band, The Frotations, John Hanifin Band, Age of Soul, DiverCity, and Mass Jammin Commission, with DJ Ryan Brown and General Motor spinning set-breaks from 12-7pm! 

Sponsored by: Soul Clap Records, We Are Music, Narragansett Brewing Co, Lagunitas Brewing Co, Angry Orchard Cider, Yelp, Uber, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina, East Boston Main Streets, East Boston Chamber of Commerce, Future Boston Alliance, KC Arts Brokerage, East Boston Savings Bank, CopyAndPrint.com, Rhythm Superfoods, Grain Woodshop, The Boston Harbor Association, ZUMIX and others. 

HarborArts Mission: As a non-profit public art institution, we are dedicated to fostering cultural engagement through visual, literary, and performing arts. We embrace the unique challenge of transforming Boston’s historic, working shipyard into a meaningful space for creativity, discovery, inspiration, and education within East Boston’s diverse economic and ethnic community. HarborArts is a platform for dialogue, setting the stage for global impact through accessible collaboration and environmental stewardship.

HarborArts, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

UBER: Sign up with UBER today and enter discount code "HarborArts" for a FREE RIDE to HarborArts Festival! On top of that, UBER will donate $5, count em, $5 to HarborArts, for every new user that signs up using our link! This is an awesome way to get safe and reliable transportation, and you'll be supporting public art in Boston at the same time!  You're free ride is good any time once you sign up!

Click here to download the app and enter the code "HarborArts":

By boat!: Take the water taxi from Long Wharf and get dropped off right at the festival!

By T: Take the Blue Line to the Maverick T-stop and follow the fish to HarborArts! (About a 10 minute walk)


Please contact us at connect@harborarts.org

Coming to the festival? RSVP here:

facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/315942785220328/
twitter: @harborartsfest, @harborarts, #HarborArtsFest, #HarborArts, #EastYourArtOut
instagram: @harborarts
Want to volunteer? Click here: http://www.harborarts.org/festival/volunteer

Monday, September 8, 2014

State Rep. Candidate Celeste Ribeiro Myers Blasts Opponent For Pledging to Defend East Boston Casino Vote, Then Accepting Thousands from Casino Lobbyists

[This just in from the Celeste Ribeiro Myers campaign]

(EAST BOSTON September 8, 2014)—On July 8, candidate Celeste Ribeiro Myers took the “People’s Pledge” to run a clean campaign, committing to voters that she would refuse any contributions from lobbyists, political action committees and other special interests. In a letter, she challenged incumbent Carlo Basile to do the same.[1]

The Basile campaign never responded to Myers’ invitation.

Now we may know why: Basile’s latest campaign finance report, the first since the start of the campaign, features a donor list that reads like a who’s who of casino lobbyists, Massport and various airport-based businesses, and numerous other special interest groups. With an astounding 47 percent of contributions coming from outside East Boston, the list of donors includes more than 25 lobbyists representing the casino industry – totaling more than $4,000 in contributions since January – including monetary support from a current Mohegan Sun lobbyist and a maximum contribution allowed by law from the Raynham Race Track, a former applicant for the state’s only slots parlor. (see the full list below)

These donations do not square with the image candidate Carlo Basile ran on in 2007, when he said he’d “be beholden to the people of East Boston, and not to anyone else.”[2]

Basile’s best opportunity to date to keep that campaign promise came on Nov. 5, 2013, when East Boston overwhelmingly rejected a casino proposal for Suffolk Downs. Within a few days, a proposal by Suffolk Downs to push the project a few feet across the town line into Revere was brought before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Basile opposed the new project in a letter to the Commission on Nov. 20 and promised his East Boston constituents that he would defend their “no” votes.

But campaign finance records show that Basile would accept more than $4,000 from more than 25 casino lobbyists over the next several months, including a donation in April from a Mohegan Sun lobbyist. Myers was quick to point out that taking campaign contributions from the casino industry not only disrespects the vote of the residents of East Boston, but clearly shows that Basile is beholden to special interests — not the people.

“It’s an obvious conflict of interest,” Myers said. “How can an elected official protect his neighborhood from outside corporations when he’s taking their money?”

Basile has also paid more than $20,000 in campaign consulting fees to Sage Systems, a Peabody-based consulting firm that represents the casino industry, including Mohegan Sun.

The only certain way to defend East Boston’s “no” vote and prevent a casino from being built at Suffolk Downs is to repeal the existing gambling law, which is on the ballot this November 4. Basile has repeatedly refused to support the repeal efforts. His campaign finance records show why.

Myers said she will reform the office of State Representative. Her robust platform includes plans to give residents more say in how Eastie develops; transportation improvements; job creation and economic development; health; and equality and inclusion for all. Most importantly, she said she will listen to her constituents over and above the special interests who will seek to influence her come January.

“The people of East Boston deserve better and have an important choice to make come this November,” she said.

Check out Celeste’s entire platform at www.celesteforeastboston.com.

Media inquiries: Steve Holt, 617-447-6519
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Twitter: @celesteboston
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/celesteforEB
Email: campaign@celesteforeastboston.com
[1] "Myers Refuses Donations From Special Interests," East Boston Times-Free Press, July 21, 2014.
[2] “Hubster Interview: Carlo Basile,” Hubster Blog, Sept. 12, 2007. http://thehubsterblog.blogspot.com/2007/09/hubster-interview-carlo-basile.html
Since January, Carlo Basile has raked in more than $4,000 from known casino lobbyists[1]:

    George Atanasov, ML Strategies (represents Wynn Massachusetts LLC.) - $100
    John Bartley - $200
    William Cass – The Suffolk Group - $200
    Julie Cox, ML Strategies - $100
    Mark Delaney, Delaney & Associates - $100
    William Delaney, Delaney & Associates - $100
    Roger Donoghue, Donoghue, Barrett & Singal (represents the American Gaming Association) - $200
    Paul Donovan, Kearney, Donovan & McGee - $200
    Martin Fisher, Serlin Haley - $200
    Charles Flaherty, Capitol Consulting - $200 (currently lobbies for Mohegan Sun)
    Maureen Glynn, Murphy Donoghue - $200
    Dennis Kearney, Kearney, Donovan & McGee - $100
    Richard Lynds, fmr. attorney representing Suffolk Downs - $250
    William Malloy, The Malloy Group - $125
    John and Diane McGlynn, McGlynn and McGlynn - $300
    Kevin Mulvey, Dewey Square Group (PR for Friends of Suffolk Downs) - $100
    Martin Nastasia, Brown Rudnick - $200
    Nixon Peabody Attorneys at Law - $200
    Paul Pezzella, Dewey Square Group - $100
    Joseph Ricca, Dewey Square Group - $150
    Charlene Rideout, Kearney, Donovan & McGee - $100
    Robert Rodophele, Ferriter, Scobbo and Rodophele - $125
    Paul Scapicchio, Sage Systems - $200
    Patricia White, Robert F. White Associates - $300
    Robert White, Robert F. White Associates - $200
    W. Paul White, Robert F. White Associates - $100

[1] 2014 Pre-Primary Report for Carlo Basile (1/1/14-8/22/14), Massachusetts Office of Campaign Finance, http://www.efs.cpf.state.ma.us/DisplayReport.aspx?reportId=203888

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

John Sepulveda announces the release of the web site www.suffolkcountyprobate.com for the office of Suffolk County Register of Probate.

John Sepulveda announces the release of the web site www.suffolkcountyprobate.com for the office of Suffolk County Register of Probate. 

“I am proud to announce the launching of the website that the public can now see and use to navigate the complicated process at the registry of probate. “I felt that it was shameful that in the year 2014 the registry of probate did not have a simple website where the public could get information about the office of probate or download the necessary forms.”

“I am running for Register of Probate because I feel that there is a disconnect between the office and the public. The average citizen does not know what happens in Probate, why the office exists, or how to effectively access the services that this office provides.” Mr. Sepulveda said.

“The Registry of Probate does not need a politician receiving a reward for years of service, what it needs is a professional manager to run it properly and assure that the public receives the services they require.”

Mr. Sepulveda feels that a campaign should be about actions and not words and this is why he has launched the website as a candidate and began working for the best interest of the public before being elected.

Mr. Sepulveda has nearly 20 years of experience in community and government relations, community organizing, business planning and marketing, and communications. He is a team-builder, and is skilled in creating connections between the communities and government/business programs. For the past year, he has served as a senior account manager with United Healthcare, working with elders to ensure that prospective members understand all aspects of the Medicare Advantage program, as well as the Medicaid Special Needs Plan program.

The office of the Register of Probate and Family Court manages cases involving divorce, estate, child custody and other family matters. Its mission is to deliver timely justice to the public by providing equal access to a fair, equitable and efficient forum to resolve family and probate legal matters and to assist and protect all individuals, families and children in an impartial and respectful manner

 “I will bring the office of the Register of Probate to the public. This office needs to provide better services to the residents of Suffolk County and I will make sure that it does. I am going to establish partnerships with community organizations to hold seminars to inform the public of the services offered by the office, as well as the procedures that are required.”

John Sepulveda was born in Colombia and immigrated to East Boston when he was 11-years-old. He graduated from East Boston High School. He went on to attend the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

After college Mr. Sepulveda returned to East Boston where he served as a primary liaison to the Latin American community for the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH). Later he worked as an aide to Boston City Councilor Sal Lamattina. He also organized four Latin American festivals, managed a Spanish language newspaper, oversaw a youth soccer league, supervised voter registration campaigns, and directed other community-based projects. He is considered a specialist in the cross cultural cross business needs of people.

Mr. Sepulveda is an active member of the EBHS School Site Council and the EBHS School Parent Council, and has volunteered his time to serve on various committees to benefit the students and families at the high school.
He is married to Marta and has two children: Pamela, who is a junior at EBHS, and Patrick, who is in the 6th grade at the Donald McKay School. “My greatest accomplishment to date is to be happily married to my wife for almost 20 years and to be a positive father figure to my children and be a person who has influenced their lives,” he said.

If you need more information about John Sepulveda or wish to volunteer for his campaign, please call (617) 418-7622 email: info@johnsforprobate.net
The primary election will be held September 9, 2014, and the final election is November 4, 2014.

Update: East Boston Main Streets announces 14th annual Countdown to Kindergarten Parade

On Friday, September 5, 2014 East Boston Main Streets will hold the 14th Annual Countdown to Kindergarten Parade at 10:30 am at Central Square in East Boston.

(East Boston, MA 24-August-2014) East Boston Main Streets and Countdown to Kindergarten along with the East Boston Social Center, EBYMCA, Little Folks, Head Start, the Boston Police, and the MBTA will host the 14th Annual Countdown to Kindergarten parade. With the help of many groups and individuals and the generosity of local merchants every child in East Boston who is entering kindergarten will receive school supplies, a brand new backpack, and enjoy a festive day designed to provide a positive experience as they begin their formal education.

This year’s Parade is scheduled for Friday, September 5th at 10:30 am.  Anywhere from 300 to 500 kindergarten-age children will gather at Central Square in East Boston with their parents, guardians, and volunteers from the various local early-education centers.

Before the children step off the curb, East Boston Main Streets will announce a $5,000 college scholarship in the form of a 529 college savings bond generously provided by Airmall Boston.  This scholarship will be tied to impeccable class attendance during the school year and will be awarded to one East Boston kindergartener at the end of the 2014/15 academic year.

During the Parade the children will wear yellow shirts saying “I’m Going to Kindergarten” provided by the City of Boston. Along the walk the children will stop at over 20 participating businesses in the neighborhood to receive small gifts.  At the end of the parade the children will return to the park for pizza donated by a local restaurant.

For more information contact Sonia Gomez-Banrey at 617.635.6816 or the East Boston Main Street office at 617.561.1044.  Also, please visit the Countdown to Kindergarten website at http://www.countdowntokindergarten.org  or visit them on Facebook.

EBMS is a non-profit corporation. Its mission is to create a more vibrant business district by initiating private and public improvements, promoting commerce, and supporting efforts to improve the quality of life for all who live, work, and do business in East Boston.