Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Massport STEM Expo Promotes Various Transportation Careers

Students from area schools learn the practical importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

BOSTON – More than 1,500 students from 44 Greater Boston schools attended the Aviation and Maritime STEM Education Expo at Boston Logan International Airport today. The Expo is an annual education event where representatives from industry, government, and academia introduce students and educators to the opportunities and experiences offered by the aviation, maritime, and transportation fields.

“It is essential for organizations like Massport that students are exposed to careers in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. “Boston is home to a number of industries including life sciences, technology and innovation. We need our young people to have the interest and motivation to study the STEM disciplines so we can continue to generate the good-paying jobs and economic impact that propel the Commonwealth.”

More than 50 displays and information booths representing various aspects of the industries served as the backdrop for the event at the Delta Hangar. There were 21 aircraft including airplanes, two helicopters, numerous airport operations vehicles, as well as a Massport Fire Rescue airboat. In addition to several Massport departments, exhibitors included The Museum of Science, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Mass Maritime Academy, Massachusetts Air and Space Museum, Massachusetts State Police, Boston MedFlight and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

“Hundreds of careers at our airports were represented today,” said Massport’s Director of Aviation Ed Freni. “We rely on the engineers who design and build the planes, the pilots who fly them, the electricians who keep runways lit and radars working properly, the air traffic controllers who make sure aircraft travel safely in the sky, and many more. Showcasing the various career paths at the STEM Expo will hopefully encourage these young people to one day have a career at Logan.”

Massport employs hundreds of people in STEM fields including electricians, engineers, analysts, and technicians who work in concert to accomplish the authority’s mission of connecting Massachusetts and New England to the world. The STEM Education Expo started as a collaborative effort sponsored by the FAA and Massport in 1994.

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field, and Worcester Regional Airport. Massport is a financially self-sustaining public authority whose premier transportation facilities generate more than $15 billion annually, and enhance and enable economic growth and vitality in New England. No state tax dollars are used to fund operations or capital improvements at Massport facilities. For more information please visit

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey Update; Fundraiser on tap for April 8

Malden/East Boston Youth hockey is wrapping up their season with three teams entering the playoffs, and each going two rounds each.  With just the championships left to play, they all have found themselves coming up just a bit short, but not for lack of a great season and lots of effort and great play in the playoffs and final weeks.

MEB Mites celebrate their first round playoff victory

Additionally, we celebrated several of our older players competing in the state high school tournament in their respective divisions, and though only one enjoyed championship status heading into the off-season, all held their heads high in competing for their schools.  

We had seven players from MEB on the Revere/Malden varsity squad, six on the Northeast Knights varsity team, and in an unexpected climb for the team with the shortest bench in the playoffs seven players on the East Boston High varsity roster. They played with tremendous effort and heart all the way to the championship game, holding their heads high after an unfortunate loss in the final game.

Part of the team that returned the Super 8 championship title to the Malden Catholic Lancers, MEB alum Ryan Noonan caps the list of our players going into the post-season, with a great year on the varsity squad as a sophomore.

This week, MEB is holding its largest annual fundraiser – the $10K Raffle and Dinner at the Malden Moose club on Friday, April 8, 2016, starting at 7:00 PM. 

Each year, this event provides the league with funding greatly needed to finish off the season and prepare for next season.  With ice rental fees continually increasing, we have used this event to help pay-off rinks and other fees owed at the end of our season.

You are likely thinking, "another fundrasing event?" Yes it is, but it is a very entertaining one. 

The fundraising part is an “elimination raffle” drawing for $10,000*, whose tickets cost $100 each, and include dinner for two at the event. Second, the event part is really quite fun, especially if you like watching people enjoy themselves while witnessing each other’s chances of winning wash away as the evening wears on – a bit of schadenfreude among the youth hockey parents.

Third, it is a chance at winning a few thousand bucks! That of course depends on your luck and the choices of some “finalists” in the process. This is an opportunity to enter an elimination-style raffle, where the total number of tickets sold generates the dollar amount available for winning.

There are also additional chances for winning baskets from each of the teams in the league, other donated goods and services, and some silent auction materials (sports memorabilia) as well.  We'll have a DJ and dancing as the fun all are having at the event is too contagious to deny.

However it turns out in the end, all who attend have fun, and all who buy a ticket have a chance at the final prize. Four friends can  pitch in $25 each, and we see a lot of “group” tickets, which can work with your colleagues at work, friends in your circle, or among family members to spread the investment across a few more people. If you know of others who may be interested, please feel free to pass this information along.

Ticket forms are available on our website at
If you choose to participate – good luck!  If you attend, it really can be quite an entertaining evening.

* The total amount available for the winners is determined by the total number of tickets sold, and is a maximum of $10,000 (our goal).

To register for next season or for more information on Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey, please visit our website at

Monday, April 4, 2016

Hwang Listens to Parents on Schools, Pledges to Be a Strong Voice

State Senate Candidate Concludes Listening Tour on Education Across First Suffolk and Middlesex District
State Senate candidate Diana Hwang completed a listening tour this week across the district, talking with parents from each community about our local schools.  From Winthrop to Cambridge, Boston to Revere, Diana heard from parents about their current concerns and their future hopes for their children’s education.

“Parents recognize the power that quality public schools have to break cycles of poverty and educate all of our children to succeed,” Hwang noted. “The problem in the current charter cap debate is that it’s taking place between two powerful interest groups, one on each side – and parents and their children are caught in the middle. While insiders are arguing about raising charter school caps, parents in every community don’t really want charter schools or district schools, they want good schools and they want them NOW.”

 “I heard from two young families in Jeffries Point, holding babies in their arms that they are already worrying about the lottery – and whether there will be a quality nearby school to send their child to.  A young mother who also serves as a school librarian in Cambridge told me that she and her colleagues fear cuts to the very library programs that are vital to educating the whole child – and teaching every child a love of reading and learning.”

“One mother in the North End remarked that her son was one of only two from the entire neighborhood who had gotten into the high quality Eliot School.  Two mothers from El Salvador who had settled in the district to escape gang violence in their native country but worried that their boys would be swept up in gang violence here because they have no after school programs to divert them.  And a an education advocate and her friends in Revere pointed out that recent budget cuts might impact all extra-curricular activities including sports.”

“As State Senator, I’ll fight for each and every one of these families – and bring their voices to the debate,” Hwang said at the conclusion of her listening tour.  “We have to ensure that ALL schools get the resources they need so that every student can attend a great school.  I support conclusions of the Legislature’s Foundation Budget Commission calling for increased funding and would staunchly support the so-called ‘millionaires tax’ as a way of raising the required revenue.”

Diana Hwang, an East Boston resident, is a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the special election to replace Senator Anthony Petruccelli.  She is the co-founder and executive director of a successful non-profit that mentors young women to become community leaders.  She previously served as a top aide in the state house and a chief-of-staff in Boston’s City Council.  She’s running for State Senate to stand up to powerful insiders and special interests who make decisions behind closed doors that effect our families.  Diana will be a voice for all of our families in the halls of power.


Source: Diana Hwang campaign

Friday, April 1, 2016

Ward 1 Democratic Committee fails to endorse candidate in Special State Senate race; No candidate garnered 10 votes

(EAST BOSTON- April 1, 2016)  An endorsement meeting of the Ward 1 Democratic Committee was held on  Tuesday,  March 29, 2016  at the Salesian Boys & Girls Club. The purpose of this meeting was to consider an endorsement in the First Suffolk & Middlesex Senate race. 

The meeting was attended by fifteen (15) members of the Ward committee and six (6) of the seven (7) democratic candidates. The candidates who addressed the committee included: Joseph Boncore, Lydia Edwards, Diana Hwang, Rep. Jay Livingstone, Paul Rogers and Dan Rizzo. Unfortunately, Steve Morabito was not feeling well and notified the committee that he would be unable to attend. The six candidates each delivered five-minute speeches about their backgrounds, qualifications and their platforms. The candidates presented great information and those in attendance asked some great questions, which spurred a lively and informative discussion. 

 Following the presentations by the candidates the Ward committee took an endorsement vote, with 15 members in attendance a minimum of 10 votes was required for a candidate endorsement. None of the candidates garnered enough votes to receive an endorsement.

Voters in the First Suffolk & Middlesex  District, which includes all of East Boston, head to the polls on April 12,2016 for the primary election. 

Questions? Contact Ward 1 chairman Michael Sulprizio at You can also follow the Ward Committee on Twitter @ward1demsEB or “Like” us on Facebook at

Source: Michael Sulprizio, Ward Committee Chair, 617-438-0952,