Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Holiday Tournament News for Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey

From MEB

Over the Christmas and New Year’s break, we  Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey (MEB) teams are participating in the favorite 2014 Boston Mayor’s Cup tournament.  

With teams competing from all throughout Boston neighborhoods, we have some great competition and lots of opportunities to shine.  

Three teams are participating, one each at Mite, Squirt, and Pee Wee level. These players ranging in age from 8 to 12 years old have already encountered many challenges and victories over the past three months, but this tournament is a favorite for many reasons.

In years past, we have seen more than one of our MEB teams come away with the Championship in their division, and this year looks to be another contender for that thrilling feeling. With the Mites and the Pee Wees both scheduled to play in championship games at Boston College on Sunday, January 4, our chances look good.

The MEB Mites have won three games, dispensing of Hyde Park and two different Parkway teams, all with shutouts. Goal scorers from across the team have combined for 21 pucks in the net over the three preliminary games leading to the championship.

Our next oldest athletes, the Squirts, also fared well in one of their preliminary games, beating Allston by shutout 11-0, but falling to Dorchester and Hyde Park, they are out of contention for the championship.

The MEB Pee Wee team, playing a weekday game on Tuesday, December 30, also completed three preliminary contests with wins, and will appear in the big game on Sunday, January 4. The Pee Wees opened their tournament with a crushing defeat dealt to Hyde Park, wining 11-0. The second game was almost as devastating, winning 8-0. 

Tuesday’s 4-1 win against Dorchester gives them a seat at the championship game on Sunday. Stars of the Pee Wee team include Curtis, Birnbaum, Summers, Rufo, and Bocchino in goal turning away all but one in three games.

The players are all excited to play on Sunday at the home of the BC Eagles, the Kelley Rink at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill.  The Mites are scheduled to play at 1:00 PM and the Pee Wees at 7:00 PM.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Friends of Meridian Street outraged at Canton Eatery's request for extended hours

The following is from Paul Howes:
It has just come to our attention that there is a meeting at 7pm, Dec.9, 2014 at the Canton Eatery, 339 Meridian Street, East Boston. It says "Abutter Meeting".

This is outrageous that even a consideration of extended hours at this business is considered. Since this business has opened we have lost count of the violations cited by the Boston Licensing Board, Boston Police Department, MBTA Transit Police and the Boston Board of Health Inspectional Services. The owner of the Canton Eatery has been closed down by the Licensing Commission for multiple violations. He has been cited multiple times by the EBPD for noise, parking and problems with late night fights of patrons coming to this establishment after the bars close at 2am. At a hearing at the Licensing Board to cut back the hours of the Canton because of the multiple violations, his representing lawyer stated that he has installed registers that would not accept orders after 1:30am (which is on record) and this never happened. Again there are no women's or men's toilets in the Canton Eatery and there are reports to the EBPD and Licensing Board of patrons using the alleyway next to the Canton to urinate. This will obviously become even a bigger health and safety problem for our families living next to this business in a residential area. The hundreds of complaints and citations written to the Canton Eatery for dangerous double parking, blocking the bike lane used by our children, causing the MBTA buses to pull around into oncoming traffic and causing constant vehicle horn honking and people screaming. The owner has completely ignored the citations and warnings from the EBPD and MBTA Transit Police and Boston Licensing Board. Extending hours is only going to make these problems worse! Review the EBPD reports, the Boston Licensing Board citations and complaints, Boston Parking violations and complaints, MBTA Transit Police violations and complaints and the multiple health code violations. The owner of the Canton Eatery has been a chronic violator of the licensing, parking, trash and health laws since opening. Not to mention that on a daily, nightly basis the front of the Canton Eatery, on the public sidewalk if full of bagged trash bags, empty boxes and pails. Up to 30 bags at a time. Polite letters were sent to the owner of the Canton Eatery requesting the trash be put out after 2am closing so our families, children (a school bus stop right next to the trash) do not have to live in these conditions of large amounts of trash on our public sidewalk. He did not respond and ignored these requests showing again he has no respect of the families and residents of Meridian Street in East Boston. 


Friends of Meridian Street

Friday, December 5, 2014

East Boston APAC Fuel Assistance Program is now underway: Apply now!

November 1 was the first day for New Applicants

You need to provide the following documents in order to apply:
* Proof of income for the past 30 days for everyone in the household over the age of 18 (4 consecutive pay stubs or 2 if paid bi weekly).
* If you receive any of the following: SSI, Social Security benefits, pension, Child support, TANF. Please provide a letter from the issuing agency or a copy of the check.

* Copy of Lease
* Most recent heating bill.
* Electric bill.
* Picture ID.

* Social security cards for everyone that lives with you.
Renter/Heat included in the rent; If your heat is included in the rent, you need to bring the following:

* A copy of your lease or a "tenant/landlord agreement", which is provided by us, stating that "Heat is included in rent"
Homeowners, you must provide the following documents in addition to the income documents mentioned above:
* Mortgage statement
* Property Tax
* Property Insurance
* Water Bill
* Interest on your mortgage
* If you have tenants, please submit a letter written by each of your tenants stating how much they pay.

If you have any questions please feel free to call APAC at 617-567-8857.
APAC is open Mondays 11am and Tuesdays-Fridays  from 9am to 5pm.

"Don’t be left out in the cold" Apply Fuel Assistance!
Call to schedule an appointment, 617-567-8857 this program helps both tenants and homeowners, who qualify.
Assistance is available to Gas, Electric, and Oil Customers.
In some cases, those who have Heat Included in the Rent, may also apply.
Household Size Maximum Income for eligibility.

1 $32,751
2 $40,654
3 $49,675
4 $59,137

FUEL ASSISTANCE helps by paying a portion of your heating costs during the winter months, call us at (617) 567-8857 with questions about eligibility and office hours.

Thank you!


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Italia Unita's Christmas Toy Drive for the Italian Home for Children and Crossroads Family Shelter. Drop your toy off today!

The following message is from the group Italia Unita.

It's that time of year!

It has been a tradition for many years that Italia Unita has participated in supporting the Italian Home For Children. We have been very successful in the past and will continue to support this worthy organization.

This year we have decided to expand our efforts and also support a local organization called Crossroads located in East Boston.  Their mission  is to “support families as they transition from homelessness to independent living and self-sufficiency”. 

Below, you will find a list of desired items along with an "Individual Child Wish List" (linked at eastboston.com) that was sent to us by the Italian Home For Children.

For Crossroads we will collect: Non perishable food item, new toys for children, Women's clothing and as a nice gesture, gifts for a women to receive for Christmas.

Please drop off your items office on December 13th from 9:30AM - 11:30AM at 35 Bennington Street, East Boston  and join us for some Christmas Cheer, light refreshments and lively conversation!

We thank you in advance for your generosity and wish you a very happy holiday season!

Italian Home for Children

2014 Holiday Wish List
Toys Needed Most
Action Figures (Non-Violent)   
Arts & Crafts Kits
Art Supplies (including yarn and gimp)
Books (ages 4 – 14)
CDs (No “Parental Advisories”)
CD Boom boxes
Game boy Advance SP, Dual Screen or Micro
Game boy Games    
Headphones, Ear Buds
Jewelry & Bead Kits (for older children)
Moon Sand
Matchbox Cars and Trucks
Personal CD/MP3 Players
Play station 2, X-Box or Game Cube and games
Stress balls
Yoga Balls
Other Toys
Model Magic
Clay for Sculpting
Crossword Puzzles/Word Searches
Children’s DVDs (G & PG only)
Disposable Cameras
Dolls (All Ethnic Groups)
Handheld Games (Tetris, Yatzee, etc.)
Musical Instruments (any kind)
Nerf Over the door basketball hoop
Remote Control Cars and Trucks
Small “Goody Bag” Toys
Dodge Balls
Volley balls,
Soccer balls,
Coloring books
Kid’s trivia cards

(All kinds needed, but especially AA and 9-Volt for toys, remotes, etc.)

Aggravation, Boggle, Cadoo, Checkers, Chess, Clue, Connect Four, Don’t Break the Ice, Educational Games, Mancala, Memory, Mousetrap, Pictionary for Kids, Playing Cards, Sorry, Uno, Uno Attack, Scrabble Slam, SpongeBob Kid Cranium, The Best of Charades for Kids.

Bakeware, Bean Bag Chairs, Birthday Party Supplies, Cooking & Serving Utensils, Decorative Pillows & Blankets, DVD Players, Microwave Ovens, Plastic Tablecloths & Utensils, Posters (Kid Art, action figures, Disney characters, sports players), Pots & Pans, Storage Bins, Toasters, Toy Chests, Tupperware, TVs, Wrapping Paper, Tape and Ribbon, VCR’s, Ear Buds.

Books, Drawing Paper, Educational Children’s DVDs, Glue, Laminating Paper, Paint Brushes, Paints, Playground Balls, Poster board

Sizes: Girls sizes 6-20, Women’s 12-22, Boys 8-20, Men 30-38 inch waist, S-XXL including Husky sizes, Athletic wear, Baseball Caps, Bathing Suits, Bathrobes (Boys & Girls), Belts (Boys & Girls), Boots, Casual Shirts, Dress Shirts, Dresses, Flip Flops, Gloves/Mittens (winter), Hats (winter), Jackets (winter and spring), Jeans, Pajamas, Shoes, Shorts, Socks, Slacks, Slippers, Sneakers, Snowsuits, Sports Team jerseys, Sweaters, T-Shirts, Underwear


Bath & Shower Gels (for boys and girls), Body Lotion, Brushes, Combs & Picks, Deodorant, Hair Care Products (for all ethnicities), Plastic Soap Holders, Shower Caps, Shampoo, Toothbrushes, Toothbrush Holders, Wave Caps/Head Wraps

AC Moore, AMC Movie Theatres, Best Buy, Blockbuster, Gap, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Macy’s, Michaels, Old Navy, Sears, Showcase Movie Theatres, Target, T.J. Maxx, Toys-R-Us, Wal-Mart, B.J’s, Build a Bear, Plaster Fun Time, Chuck E. Cheese.

(All kinds needed, but especially AA and 9-Volt for toys, remotes, etc.)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Annual East Boston Winter Market - Saturday, December 6

(East Boston, MA) Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. East Boston Main Streets, Maverick Marketplace, East Boston Kitchen, Atlantic Works, and the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center look forward to initiating an East Boston Winter Shopping Day in and around Maverick Sq. 

Local artists and artisans will be showing their work. Four locations total: 
  • Build your own grits from 9-12 and then peruse locally made art/crafts/baked goods from 12-6pm.  ZUMIX Carolers will be on hand from 12-1pm at East Boston Kitchen - 331 Sumner St.
  • Warm apple cider, cookies, and local artist welcome you at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center from 12-6pm - 20 Maverick Sq.
  • Over 10 locally owned retailers, entertainment and warm drinks at 154 Maverick Marketplace from 10-5pm – 154 Maverick St.
  • Join us for the 1st East Boston Artists Group “Open House/Holiday Sale” at the Atlantic Works Artist Building, 80 Border St. Friday, December 5, 6-8pm, Saturday, December 6, 12-6pm and Sunday, December 7, 12-4pm.
Support your local artist community – Shop Local! 

EBMS is a non-profit corporation. Our 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.