Friday, December 29, 2017

Universal Hub: Grocery store robbed

Anthony's Market on Meridian Street. Read more at Universal Hub

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

CBS Boston: 4th Person Charged In Drug Robbery That Left 1 Dead

Eighteen-year-old Elijah Charles was arraigned Tuesday in East Boston Municipal Court on charges of armed robbery and armed assault. Read more at CBS Boston.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Porrazzo Rink presents a Decade Public Skate event: January 14

EAST BOSTON, MA- On Sunday, January 14th, FMC Ice Sports will be hosting a special Decade Public Skate event at Porrazzo Rink in East Boston, MA. Come to the rink in your grooviest outfit and celebrate our favorite decades for a chance to win prizes and giveaways. The time for the themed skate is listed below:

SUNDAY, January 14th – 1:10PM – 3:00PM

General admission is $5 per person and rental skates are available for an additional $5 on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on this and other upcoming events, please visit the rink’s official website, or call 1-888-74-SKATE.

Porrazzo Rink is located at 199 Coleridge Street in East Boston, MA and is a Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) ice skating facility managed by FMC Ice Sports.

About FMC Ice Sports:
Facility Management Corporation is an innovative leader of public recreational facility management, specializing in ice arena operations. FMC has been operating community ice arenas since its inception in 1992. The primary focus of the company is the development and expansion of affordable skating opportunities and the extension of the operating season at the ice arenas, providing year-round programming to local skating enthusiasts. For more information, please go to or call 1-888-74-SKATE.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Boston 25: Surveillance camera catches two hit-and-run incidents in East Boston

EAST BOSTON - A surveillance camera above Lolley's Bakery in East Boston registered two hit-and-run incidents within the span of 72 hours this week. Read more at Boston 25.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Frisco Fastball: How Many Meridian Bancorp, Inc. Analysts Are Bullish?

"Investors sentiment decreased to 1.27 in 2017 Q2. Its down 0.22, from 1.49 in 2017Q1. It is negative, as 8 investors sold Meridian Bancorp, Inc. shares while 36 reduced holdings. 19 funds opened positions while 37 raised stakes. 34.14 million shares or 1.16% less from 34.54 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported." Read more at Frisco Fastball

No Gove Street Citizens Association Meeting on Monday! It's Christmas Day

The Gove Street Citizens Association will not be having a Monthly Meeting on Monday, December 25, Christmas Day.

Our next Monthly Meeting will be on Monday, January 22, 2018.

GSCA wishes a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

State and local leaders join workers to demand wage theft protections and missing pay

(BOSTON, MA December 19, 2017) – In a lunchtime rally, members of the Chinese Progressive Association and state and local leaders joined together in support of the Massachusetts wage theft bill (S 999 / H 1033) and to demand missing pay for workers. 

"Our workers center has been around for 30 years. Wage theft is the most common problem that we have seen among workers. These builders are making huge profits from renovations but are paying their workers nothing. We have to stand up to stop wage theft," said Karen Y. Chen, Executive Director of the Chinese Progressive Association, while addressing the energized crowd.

Calling for worker protections against wage theft

The legislation, that passed the Senate last session and was reintroduced in January, seeks to prevent wage law violations by granting additional power to the Attorney General to hold employers and contractors accountable.

"House Bill 1033 would be a great step to get the Attorney General what she needs to help workers. We have over 140 sponsors, which shows that this is a problem, not just in Boston, but in all of Massachusetts. We need to get this bill passed to stop this from happening to Massachusetts' workers," said Representative Michlewitz, who introduced the bill in January this year. 

"I stand with workers in our community to stop wage theft. This is a serious problem in my district and in the state," said Boston City Councilor-Elect Ed Flynn, who also attended the event in Downtown Boston. 

Boston City Councilor-Elect Kim Janey also marched with attendees lending her support for wage theft legislation.

The rally was also attended by workers from the Chinese community who contend they fell prey to predatory contractors involved in wage theft, which frequently impacts immigrant workers, particularly in the construction industry. 

"We have to use worker and community power to stop wage theft. People need to be paid for the work they do. When people don't get paid, they can't support their families or live a healthy life," said Wei Min Zheng, a Quincy resident and a victim of wage theft.

Wage theft has been a chronic problem in Massachusetts and around the country, where few remedies are currently available for victims, particularly vulnerable workers in immigrant communities. For more information about wage theft, and the push for legislation in Massachusetts, please visit

 The rallying wage theft victims are working with the Chinese Progressive Association, a grassroots community organization which works for full equality and empowerment of the Chinese community in the Greater Boston area and beyond. Their activities seek to improve the living and working conditions of Chinese Americans and to involve community members in making decisions that affect their communities. For more information on the Chinese Progressive Association please visit

Meridian Bancorp Receives Regulatory Approvals for Acquisition of Meetinghouse Bancorp

BOSTON, Dec. 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Meridian Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:EBSB), the holding company for East Boston Savings Bank, announced today that it has received the requisite regulatory approvals and waivers from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Massachusetts Division of Banks necessary to complete the acquisition of Meetinghouse Bancorp, Inc. and the related merger of Meetinghouse Bank with and into East Boston Savings Bank. Read more at CityBizList.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

This Saturday (December 2) at the East Boston Library: Boston Mosaic: Music by Latin American Women Composers & Slide Lecture on Shen Yun

Boston Mosaic: Music by Latin American Women Composers 
Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 12 p.m.

As part of Boston MOSAIC, the Boston Philharmonic presents an interactive concert of music by Latina composers, in partnership with the Unitas Ensemble and The Musary.  The program  features not only a concert portion, but also opportunities to interact with the musicians, ask questions about the music, and even a chance to play the instruments at one of our Instrument Playgrounds.Sure to be a fun experience for the whole family. Free and suitable for all ages!

Shen Yun: Leap into 5,000 Years of Magnificent Culture
Saturday, December 2,2017 at 2 p.m.

Join us for a slide lecture on reviving the essences of traditional Chinese culture through Shen Yun.

For more information contact:

East Boston Branch Branch Library
365 Bremen Street
East Boston, MA 02128

Weekly Look-Ahead: Sumner Tunnel Toll Plaza Reconstruction


This upcoming weekend, MassDOT will be performing enabling work to shift the Route 1A Southbound traffic lanes into the Phase 3 alignment to allow for continued construction of the mainline roadway and local streets. This weekend’s work will consist of forming the median barrier between Route 1A SB and NB at the viaduct to tie the precast concrete barrier into the existing bridge barrier.

The left lane closure will be implemented starting at the exit portal of the Callahan Tunnel north to the bridge viaduct. The left lane closure will be in place on Saturday 12/2 from 6:00am – 3:30pm and Sunday 12/3 from 6:00am – 2:00pm.

Period of December 3 to December 9, 2017

Throughout the period covered by this look-ahead, MassDOT’s contractor for the Reconstruction of the Sumner Tunnel toll plaza will continue to progress work at the job site. Work at Sumner Tunnel will be performed during standard working hours, between 6:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. There will be weekend work on Sunday, December 3rd from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

At the Sumner Tunnel entrance this week, carpenters will be onsite Sunday, December 3 installing forms and rebar for the cast-in-place section of the median barrier and this work will require a daytime Route 1A northbound left lane closure as noted above.  Weekday work includes the paving of the section between the curbing and the median barrier, installation of the remaining curbing, stripping concrete forms, and installing the remaining asphalt patching along the new cast-in-place median barrier after the formwork is removed.  All this work is weather permitting.  


MassDOT will be opening the Sumner “swing lane” from 3pm to 8pm on Sundays. This effort is to help support the Route 1A Sunday volumes that have been observed over the last several weeks.

All execution of this will be the same as has been on the weekdays and the District will continue to monitor all traffic.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Gove Street Citizens Association to meet on Monday, November 27

Here's the agenda:

GSCA Executive Board Election - Any GSCA voting member may nominate themselves, or any other eligible voting member, or members, for election to any of the following Offices for a two-year term: 

Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, and Director At-Large. Nomination signup sheets will be available at this meeting for a January 22nd monthly meeting election.

There will be no monthly meeting on December 25th, Christmas Day.

Update on status of GSCA area projects.

  • Suffolk Downs Project – Comprehensive planning, design & scheduling presentation. Tom O’Brien of HYM Associates.  
  • 158 Cottage Street – A proposal for a325-square foot pressure treated roof deck off the back bedroom of the house. Owner Frank Murray (2nd presentation / Vote to be taken.)
  • 18 Everett Street – A proposal to demolish the existing structure and erect a 9-unit residential building with 9 parking spaces. Attorney Richard Lynds (1st presentation / No vote at this time.) 
  • 23 Everett Street - A proposal to change the occupancy from a one-family dwelling to a two-family dwelling. Also, renovate the building by adding a 3rd story addition.  Attorney Jeffrey Drago (1st presentation / No vote at this time.) 
  • 128 Gove Street / Mt. Carmel –  A proposal to demolish the existing structures on the former Mt. Carmel Church property, with the exception of the church structure, and erect 4 multi-level buildings with 121 Units. The project will consist of fifty percent condos to 50 percent rentals. The project will also include an underground parking facility. Subject to a BPDA Project Review Process. Attorney Jeffrey Drago (1st presentation / No vote at this time.)

MEETING DATE: Monday, November 27, 2017 

TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

LOCATION - The Noddle Island Community Room located on the first floor of the Logan Airport Rental Car Center situated at the end of Porter Street. Free event parking in front of the building and in the Porter Street parking lot adjacent to the building.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Veterans News: Massachusetts Building Trades Council Honors Veterans with City Hall Ceremony and Helmets to Hardhats Program Donations

Boston- In recognition of Veterans Day, union affiliates of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council held a ceremony and fundraiser for the Helmets to Hardhats program at the Boston City Hall on November 9th.  

Helmets to Hardhats is a program that connects veterans with union jobs and training. Since 2007, the program has connected 575 military veterans to union jobs statewide. Massachusetts Building Trades Council has been an ardent supporter of Helmets to Hardhats and organized its affiliate unions to donate towards the program. 

Helmets to hardhats have provided a large number of veterans the opportunity to work in professions such painting, construction and much more. The program, headquartered in Washington D.C., is managed by Center for Military Recruitment, Assessment, and Veterans Employment.

"Joining a union through Helmets to Hardhats helped me go from an uninsured, underemployed hard worker to a highly trained well-insured worker with the pension. It's turned my life around and my family’s around," said Tom McEvoy, member of International Union of Operating Engineers, IUOE Local 4.

The jobs available for veterans through the program portal are well-paying union jobs that ensure best benefits, a promising career, and top-of-the-art training program. 

"Talking to veterans returning from duty, I would tell them that if they have any interest in construction they should definitely get involved. They will need to be patient because nothing happens overnight but it will be worth it," said Evan Donohoe, who served in the Marine Core from '06 to '10 and graduated from the sheet metal workers apprenticeship program in August of 2017.

The Massachusetts Building Trades Council recognizes the contributions of and the efforts made by Helmets to Hardhats program in providing our veterans with career opportunities. MassBTC is committed to providing the best training and job opportunities to our veterans. 

 For nearly 100 years, theMassachusetts Building Trades Council (MBTC) had been dedicated to helping working people improve their quality of life. The organization is comprised of 74 member locals representing over 75,000 working men and women across the state.

Need a place to go on Thanksgiving? Go to Rep. Madaro's mid-day dinner at Sacred Heart

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Massachusetts Building Trade Unions to Honor Veterans with City Hall Ceremony and Helmets to Hardhats Program Donations

BOSTON, MA - In recognition of Veterans Day, the unions of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council will hold a ceremony and fundraiser for the Helmets to Hardhats program. The event is expected to raise more than $25,000 in donations to the program. The donations come from a number of labor unions affiliated with the Massachusetts Buildings Trades Council (MBTC). 

Helmets to Hardhats connects veterans with union jobs and training in the construction industry. Since 2007, the program has connected 575 military veterans to union jobs in Massachusetts alone.  MBTC has been an ardent supporter of Helmets to Hardhats and has organized its affiliate unions in Massachusetts to donate towards the program. 

What: Ceremony Fundraiser for Helmets to Hardhats Program

Who: Veterans who have benefitted from the program; unions affiliated with MBTC; elected officials 

Why: To raise funds and awareness for the Helmets to Hardhats program to assist veterans in connecting to well-paying careers with benefits through the labor movement and construction trade unions

When: November 9, 2017, from Noon - 2pm

Where: Boston City Hall, Boston, MA, 02201

Veterans who have been a part of the program are available for interviews. 


For nearly 100 years, the Massachusetts Building Trades Council (MBTC) had been dedicated to helping working people improve their quality of life. The organization is comprised of 74 member locals representing over 75,000 working men and women across the state.

Overview of the results from District 1 Boston City Council

My op-ed on the state's bid for Amazon HQ2

An argument for Massachusetts as the site for Amazon's second headquarters. (Subscription required). 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Boston East Presents ‘Ten Great Reasons to Love (and Live in) East Boston'

Waterfront, great restaurants and unique cultural amenities are just a few things to love about East Boston

(Boston, Mass. November 2, 2017) – East Boston is one of the City’s hottest and fastest-growing neighborhoods, and Boston East – its newest residential community – is located directly on the waterfront in the heart of it all.

East Boston features a unique mix of great restaurants, arts and cultural amenities, outdoor activities, and outstanding views of the ocean and Boston skyline.

“East Boston is Boston’s hottest neighborhood and one of the best spots for residents and visitors to experience the waterfront and a host of arts and outdoor activities,” said Abby Goldenfarb, a Development Vice President at Trinity Financial. “We’re proud to be a part of this wonderful community and are pleased that Boston East reflects the eclectic, vibrant personality and character of East Boston.”

Located on Boston Harbor and in close proximity to Downtown Boston and the MBTA, Boston East is a boutique, mid-rise residential community that features 200 units, including six artist live-work-sell units. The interiors of Boston East’s common spaces and residential units were created by Cortney and Robert Novogratz – a Los Angeles-based husband and wife design team famous for HGTV’s Home by Novogratz and Bravo’s 9 By Design. The pair has conceived some of the most unique and amazing living spaces across the country.

The thriving community of East Boston is steeped in history, food and culture. For that reason, Boston East has created the Ten Great Reasons to Love (and Live in) East Boston.

1.       Great Restaurants: From the world’s best pizza to meat pies and tacos, East Boston has it all. Perhaps the neighborhood’s most famous restaurant is Santarpio’s Pizza, the winner of numerous awards and rave reviews. Restaurants such as Craft Table & Bar and Cunard Tavern serve fare inspired by local, regional, and even international influences. The Australian-inspired KO Pies offers its signature menu of savory meat and vegetable pies, seafood and seasonal salads. Rino's Place is the ideal spot for Italian food featuring Chef Anthony DiCenso, who was born and raised in Italy. The Reelhouse, which overlooks the Harbor, recently opened and offers an innovative take on fresh New England fare. And if you’re in the mood for tacos, Taquería Jalisco has you covered. They even deliver!

2.       Home of the Best Cider House Brewery: Cider lovers across Massachusetts, New England and beyond enjoy Downeast Cider House, founded by longtime college buddies Ross Brockman and Tyler Mosher. Only fresh-pressed juices and pure, natural ingredients are used in their cider, and patrons can enjoy everything a wide range of blends, including cranberry and pumpkin.

3.       Unique Arts and Culture: East Boston boasts a thriving commitment to the arts with many gallery exhibits, theater opportunities, movies, and music. The Atlantic Works Gallery and the East Boston Artists Group– located next to Boston East – showcases work from local and regional artists. The Boston East community also features an onsite art gallery and affordable artist live-work-sell units. The Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) is also planning a major expansion on the waterfront in East Boston that will offer free admission. Events such as the ZUMIX Radio Block Party and weekly multicultural Friday films are commonplace.

4.       The Atlantic Ocean: The East Boston waterfront offers some of the most beautiful views in the entire city. It also features Constitution Beach – a hidden waterfront gem that is a popular spot for swimming. Boston East takes advantage of these gorgeous views with large, floor-to-ceiling windows and ample outdoor space with multiple patios, decks and a large rooftop lounge. Residents will also be able to utilize the Harborwalk and an onsite kayak and paddleboard launch.

5.       Beautiful Parks and Reservations: East Boston’s Belle Isle Marsh Reservation – the largest remaining, in-tact salt marsh system in Boston – is a beautiful spot to observe nature and wildlife without leaving the city. The newly-reopened Bertulli Park features a pedestrian promenade, a plaza, and a veteran’s memorial. The park is also ADA compliant. Visitors can also take in breathtaking views of the Boston skyline from Piers Park. Don’t forget to check out Condor Street Urban Wild, a former marine industrial site, and the waterfront LoPresti Park and Veteran’s Park is just a block away.

6.       Fun Outdoor Opportunities: The waterfront area has also recently been discovered by sport and fitness fanatics hoping to take advantage of the beautiful views and outdoor spaces. The Piers Park Sailing Center – a nonprofit organization – offers sailing lessons to kids, families and adults of all ages along with Harbor cruises and other youth programming. Boston Scuba offers classes and dive charters. Additionally, the recently opened “The Point” is the first Barre and yoga studio in East Boston and it offers bar, Pilates, and yoga classes.

7.       Rich History: East Boston has a vibrant history centered on the water, its famous marinas and shipyards and welcoming immigrant community. The Kennedy family once lived in East Boston and in 1954, John F. Kennedy visited the neighborhood with his wife Jackie. In a famous photograph, Kennedy is shown waving to a crowd in front of Santarpio’s Pizza. Boston East’s design – done by celebrity designers Cortney and Robert Novogratz – reflects the many influences from Boston’s rich history and the nearby marinas and shipyards in a non-traditional way. 

8.       Happy and Community-Oriented Place to Live: East Boston is a diverse, happy and welcoming neighborhood. Group activities that emphasize community are not hard to find. Whether it’s local festivals, group fitness classes or block parties, the emphasis on community is strong. East Boston also features strong and diverse schools, including the highly regarded Excel Academy Charter School.

9.       Pet-Friendly: With all the open space and parks, East Boston is a great place for a pet. The neighborhood features the Bremen Street Dog Park – one of the few dog parks in Boston, which has exercise equipment for dogs and water fountains for pets and their owners. Boston East is also pet-friendly and even offers an on-site doggie spa for furry friends.

10.   Location, Location, Location. Not only does Boston East offer the best views of the Harbor and Boston skyline, it’s conveniently located on the MBTA Blue Line, just minutes from downtown Boston.

About Boston East

Located directly on the waterfront, steps from Maverick Square and Central Square, Boston East is a $71 million boutique mid-rise residential community that features 200 apartment homes, including six artist live-work units. Boston East will allow residents to engage the waterfront through a kayak and paddle-board launch and experience uniquely designed apartments and amenity spaces with striking water views. Trinity Management, LLC will serve as Boston East’s property management company. For more information, please visit or call 617-BOS-EAST.

Monday, October 30, 2017

November 9 East Boston Chamber's 2017 Prosperity Awards

The Board of Directors of the East Boston Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Prosperity Awards.  The recipients will be formally honored and recognized at the Prosperity Awards Gala taking place at 6pm on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the Hilton Logan Airport.  Our Presenting Sponsor is HYM Investment Group, and the Complimentary Cocktail Reception is Sponsored by the East Boston Savings Bank.  The individuals receiving this year’s award are among those who have made significant contributions to the economic and cultural prosperity of East Boston.

This year's distinguished honorees include*:

Claudia Y. Correa, City of Boston
Ernani DeAraujo, EBNHC
Amanda Donis, East Boston Beauty Academy
Phillip Frattaroli, Restauranteur, Cunard Tavern;
Joe Guarnaccia, East Boston Athletic Board
Robert Lewis, Jr., The BASE Founder & President
John Lynds, East Boston Times
Capt. Kelly McCormick, District 7 Police Captain
Michele McPhee, Bestselling Author, Talk Radio Host, and Journalist 
Lisa Melara, East Boston Soup Kitchen
Angus Mui, Great Chef Restaurant
Johnny Pizzi, Comedian/Entertainer
Louis Silvestro, Channel Fish
 Madeleine Steczynski, Zumix
Luis Vasco, Taco Mex Restaurant
*And a secret recipient of the “Buddy Mangini” Selfless Dedication to the East Boston Community Award!

The 2017 Prosperity Awards Gala will feature State Representative Adrian Madaro as Master of Ceremonies and a Keynote Address by Thomas N. O’Brien, Managing Director of the HYM Investment Group, LLC.   We ask that you join us in celebrating these remarkable achievements at this very special awards dinner and celebration. 

Tickets are $125 each (tables of ten-$1,250) and can be purchased over the phone, at the Chamber office or at Eventbrite:  

Tickets are available until Monday, November 6th and will sell quickly.  No Tickets will be available at the door.  Sponsorships and Program Book Ads are available

For more information, tickets and sponsorships, please contact the East Boston Chamber of Commerce at 617-569-5000,

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Jack Kelly Endorses Lydia Edwards for Boston City Council

BOSTON (October 25, 2017) —Jack Kelly, lifelong Charlestown resident and former city councilor-at-large candidate, endorsed Lydia Edwards for district one Boston city councilor.

“I am proud to endorse Lydia Edwards for Boston City Council to represent East Boston, the North End, and my beloved home of Charlestown,” says Kelly. “Lydia will bring a fresh perspective, an independent voice and above all else, a relentless advocacy for all residents of Charlestown.”

“Lydia and I met initially as opponents. Over the course of the summer, she knocked on my door, as she did for many of my neighbors. I was impressed by her tenacious intellect, experience and desire to learn about all of the important issues facing our community.”

“In addition, Lydia's willingness to listen and receive feedback from those in recovery, demonstrate her ability to lead on day one for all.”

“We need bold, independent leadership as Charlestown faces major projects like One Charlestown, the North Washington Street Bridge, and Wynn Casino. I trust Lydia to do right by our neighborhood and I know she’ll stand with us.”

“I hope my neighbors in District 1 will join me in voting for Lydia on November 7th.”

"Jack's endorsement means a lot to me,” said Edwards. “His personal journey deserves an immense amount of respect.  But more than just his personal story, his work in Charlestown on many of the issues we face in District 1 - such as traffic, addiction prevention and housing is something I highly value.   I am beyond humbled to receive his support.”

“We met as opponents and became friends while we discussed ideas for recovery, traffic and the need for strong, independent leadership in Charlestown. If elected, I will continue to rely on Jack for his friendship, guidance and leadership for all of District 1, but especially Charlestown.”

Edwards, a public interest attorney and community advocate, is no stranger to public service. She has spent her career fighting for women and working families. In her role as the Deputy Director of the city’s new Office of Housing Stability, she found innovative solutions to mitigating Boston’s housing crisis and stood up for vulnerable members of our community by co-founding East Boston’s community soup kitchen.

Lydia's top priorities include ensuring pathways to homeownership for all residents, quality public schools for local families, responsible community-driven development, and reliable transportation.

Edwards is a resident of East Boston with her husband, Rogerio, a licensed electrician and small business owner. The general election will take place on Tuesday November, 7th. For more information please visit:

Source: Edwards Campaign 10/25

Thursday, October 19, 2017

October 28: Massachusetts Italian American Police Officers Association to hold 49th Annual Awards

The Massachusetts Italian American Police Officers Association will be holding our 49th Annual Awards Banquet at the Hillview Country Club, 149 North St., North Reading, MA, on Saturday, October 28, starting at 6pm.  Tickets are $60 per person or $550 for a table of 10.


Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito
Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans
A7 Captain Kelley McCormick, East Boston District 7
Director of Customs & Border Patrol, Mr. William Ferrara
Middlesex Sheriff Koutoujian

This year we will be honoring Boston Police District 7 Sergeant Norberto Perez, and Officers Eric Schmidt, Richard Cintolo, and Matthew Morris, as well Boston Police Officers Lenin Ortiz and Clifton Singletary, with the ITAPO Medal of Valor, for their outstanding service in the heroic efforts against an armed suspect on October 12, 2016, in Orient Heights, East Boston.

In past years we have honored Boston Police Officer John Moynihan, who was shot in the face by a gang member in Roxbury, as well as Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and Boston Firefighters Lt. Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy who were both killed while battling a fire on Beacon St. in 2014, along with Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn.

Last year we honored Boston Police Officers Eric MacPherson, Ellys Lee, and Michael Taylor of the Youth Violence Strike Force, and Detective James Coyne with the ITAPO Medal of Valor, for their outstanding service in the heroic shooting of an armed suspect firing at responding officers on Stanwood St., Roxbury, in February of 2016. 

Also receiving awards at the 2016 Awards Banquet were former President of the Red Sox, Larry Lucchino, and the family of former Navy Seal Glen Doherty who was killed in Benghazi defending the American embassy from terrorists. 

Also expected to attend this year is Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and A7 Captain Kelley McCormick.

Thanks and hope to see you and members of your organizations for a good cause supporting Italian-Americans and police officers.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mayor Walsh, Massport announce new commitments to East Boston

City and Massport to partner on key projects to enhance East Boston neighborhoods

BOSTON - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) today announced new commitments to the residents of East Boston, including Phase II of Piers Park on Boston Harbor, additional funding for the East Boston Foundation, operational funding for a new senior center for East Boston residents, and a traffic study to help mitigate congestion on Neptune Road. These commitments were identified as high impact projects by both the City of Boston and the community members and organizations of the Logan Impact Advisory Group (LIAG) through their review process for both the Terminal E modernization and the addition of 5,000 new parking spaces.

"I am proud to partner with Massport to enhance the thriving neighborhood of East Boston. These projects build on our commitment to provide new and additional pathways for economic mobility and avenues to improve quality of life for residents," said Mayor Walsh. "From improving and building upon our green spaces, to enhancing our streetscape, to providing members of our communities a new place to gather, when we invest in and improve our neighborhoods together, great things happen."

Mayor Walsh announced a new Orient Heights Senior Center to serve the senior residents of East Boston, with Massport providing operational funding for this important project. The City of Boston will help facilitate this plan, with vital input from the community incorporated into all aspects of the project.

"Community spaces and engaging programming create meaningful connections in our neighborhoods that are important for older adults," said Emily Shea, Commissioner on Affairs of the Elderly. "We look forward to continuing to build supports and services here in East Boston."

"As one of Logan Airport's host communities, East Boston has been impacted by the airport in many ways, and today, I'm proud to join my colleagues from the City of Boston and Massport to announce these new commitments which will, no doubt, have positive impacts on East Boston for many years to come," said State Senator Joseph Boncore.

The award-winning Piers Park is an active community center in East Boston with lush greenscapes, playground equipment, exercise equipment and a pier extending into Boston Harbor with gazebos highlighting the neighborhoods of East Boston. The park features some of the most spectacular views of the Boston skyline. Opened in 1995, the park won the 2014 "Best of Boston" Award for "Best Green Space" in the city. Several local organizations offer programming in the park, such as free concerts from Zumix, exercise offerings such as tai chi and yoga and the annual Eastie Pride Day.

"These commitments present exciting opportunities for East Boston and are the result of a collaborative, community-driven dialogue among local stakeholders," said State Representative Adrian Madaro. "A ten-year extension and increased funding for the East Boston Foundation, a new senior center, and an expanded Piers Park will have lasting impacts on our neighborhood that residents will enjoy for generations."

The extensive planning process for the highly anticipated Piers Park II is already underway as a collaborative effort between Massport and the residents of East Boston. The Piers Park Advisory Committee, an advisory group made up of East Boston residents, will work with Massport and its design and construction consultants to oversee the development of the park. The design, bid and construction process of Piers Park II will boast 4.5 acres of active green space and be located adjacent to the existing Piers Park. When added together, both parks will boast over ten acres of greenspace for the East Boston community.

"The partnership between the City of Boston and Massport on these important promises to the East Boston community will lead to improvements in the lives of a wide range of residents and I am looking forward to seeing these commitments come to life in the coming years," said Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina.  

In addition, Massport will also allocate funds toward the East Boston Foundation to enhance the community of East Boston and the organizations that contribute to the betterment of the neighborhoods within it. Created by Massport in 1997, the East Boston Foundation has provided more than $10 million in financial support to 95 community programs that benefit children, adults and seniors- from sports and recreation to education, training and childcare.

"As both a lifelong resident of East Boston and a member of the Massport Board, today is particularly special as we celebrate these significant commitments to the community," said Massport Board Member John Nucci. "I look forward to seeing Piers Park II grow alongside Piers Park I, one of the centerpieces of community life in East Boston, as well as continued support of the East Boston Foundation including funding regarding a senior center for our elders, and the commitment to a study of Neptune Road's traffic impacts."

In partnership with the Boston Transportation Department, Massport will also fund a traffic study to help mitigate congestion on Neptune Road extending to Day Square. Nitsch Engineering is working to complete the study, which includes traffic counts at eight intersections and five road segments, completed GIS maps of study area, including identification of land uses, and the building of a digital traffic analysis for the study area.

"We are proud to stand here with the community of East Boston and the leadership of the Mayor and the City of Boston as we celebrate four major commitments that Massport has made to the people of East Boston," said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. "Piers Park II, the traffic study for Neptune Road, funding to the East Boston Foundation and the Orient Heights Senior Center will contribute to the already vibrant community of East Boston."

Neptune Road is challenging for pedestrians as well as for drivers of large trucks who frequently have difficulty navigating the u-turn from the northbound off-ramp to 1A southbound due to an inadequate turning radius. This problem for oversized vehicles contributes to traffic delays on Neptune Road, a key connection for access to Route 1A, to Logan International Airport, for shuttle buses and other motor vehicles traveling between East Boston and Chelsea, and for local traffic.

"BTD is pleased to have this opportunity to partner with Massport on this transportation study as it is an opportunity to create a 'complete street' design for Neptune Road that is in keeping with our Go Boston 2030 and Vision Zero goals to provide safe and efficient access for all users of Boston's roadways," said Boston Transportation Department Commissioner Gina N. Fiandaca. "Through this process, we will take a forward-thinking approach to transportation management, looking at evolving transportation needs, changing roadway use and capacity on Neptune Road. Our focus will be on creating a comprehensive design that will work to mitigate current and future traffic impacts and enhance the surrounding East Boston community."

Massport and the community of East Boston have worked to build a strong partnership over the years. Through supporting youth employment at Piers Park Sailing Center, providing scholarship funds to students of East Boston High School, and creating safe and inviting green space for residents to enjoy, Massport and East Boston are continuing to work to make the community one of the most desirable urban areas to live in Massachusetts.

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. For more information, please visit


Source: Mayor's Press Office 10/17

Monday, October 16, 2017

Margaret Farmer Endorses Lydia Edwards for City Council

BOSTON (October 16, 2017) — East Boston resident and former candidate for Boston City Council Margaret Farmer endorsed Lydia Edwards for Boston city councilor.

“The issues that face the City of Boston, District 1 are complex, intertwining and far- reaching,”  says Farmer. “With a $3.1 Billion dollar budget to oversee, there is nothing “nuts and bolts” about the job for Boston City Councilor. Their work affects the lives of every resident, visitor, and business in the City of Boston, all day, every day. Lydia Edwards understands this. Lydia has worked in our community to effect far-reaching change and protect our most vulnerable residents.”

“For these, and so many more reasons, I support Lydia Edwards for Boston City Council.”

“I am extremely grateful for Margaret’s support” says Edwards. “She ran a strong, issues-driven race and helped bring into focus the top priorities of our district. Margaret and I listened to thousands of residents throughout the campaign and it’s clear what the requirements are for our next city councilor: responsiveness, accessibility, and creative-thinking in tackling some of our most complex problems.”

“I am confident that with vested community leaders like Margaret we can work together to continue building bridges and move our district forward.”

Farmer adds to the growing list of recent endorsements for Lydia including State Representative Adrian Madaro of East Boston; members of the Boston state delegation State Senator Linda Dorcena Dorry, State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, State Representative Russell Holmes; City Councilor Andrea Campbell, Suffolk County Register of Probate Felix Arroyo Sr., the Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund, and the Working Families Party.

Edwards, a public interest attorney and community advocate, has spent her career fighting for women and working families. In her role as the Deputy Director of the city’s new Office of Housing Stability, she found innovative solutions to mitigating Boston’s housing crisis and stood up for vulnerable members of our community by co-founding East Boston’s community soup kitchen.

Lydia promises to bring a bold, independent voice with a fresh perspective to City Hall and her top priorities include ensuring pathways to homeownership for all residents, quality public schools for local families, responsible community-driven development, and reliable transportation.

Edwards is a resident of East Boston with her husband, Rogerio, a licensed electrician and small business owner.

Lydia’s next East Boston event is an open reception co-host by State Representative Adrian Madaro on Monday, October 23rd at 5:30 PM at Angela’s Cafe in Orient Heights at 1012 Bennington Street in East Boston. All are welcomed to come and seniors are complimentary. For more information, please call Gabriela (617) 329-5172.

The general election will take place on Tuesday November, 7th. For more information please visit:

Source: Edwards Campaign

Friday, October 13, 2017

Two East Boston residents win a Pick Up each at STAR Awards

Local union members, Julia Cora and Oscar Mendoza each win new Pickup Truck as part of Safety Training and Recognition festivities.

BOSTON, MA (October 13, 2017)- Members of the Painters and Allied Trades District Council 35 celebrated safety recently with an afternoon full of fun and recreation. The annual "STAR" awards – short for Safety Training and Recognition -- were held to acknowledge workers who had completed key industry safety training. One example would be the PFT training (Pulmonary Function Testing) to ensure proper use of respirators on the job to keep workers safe and healthy.

The event hosted over 1,400 IUPADT DC 35 members and family. There were two winners of the grand prize, Julia Cora and Oscar Mendoza, both from East Boston and each one took a Pickup Truck home. Jose Acevedo of Lawrence won an Indian Motorcycle, while Salvatore Gutierrez of Nashua, New Hampshire, won a Boston Whaler.  Door prizes this year included a new pair of Red Wing Boots, T-shirts, YETI travel mugs and drink koozies.

The Union hosts this event every year as a way to bring together the members and their families and to celebrate the importance of safety and training.

“Community and safety are a big part of our values here at IUPADT DC35. We organize this event so that our hardworking members have a chance to let loose and have fun with their families while also underscoring the importance of safety training. We want to ensure that training is incentivized and adhered to so that our members can stay safe and healthy on the job – and come home every day to their families," said Jeff Sullivan, IUPAT DC 35 Business Manager.

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Source: 617MediaGroup

Tech Goes Home: Free computer training through East Boston APAC

Tech Goes Home is a computer-based program with the goal of ensuring that all low-come residents of Greater Boston are equipped with the tools, training, and access to support the development of 21st Century skills. The TGH program offers resident the ability to improve their quality of life as new  member of the online community.

What's included for Boston residents?

  • 15 Hours of  Computer training
  • A web-based curriculum designed to help you access resources throughout the internet.
  • The option to purchase a brand new computer for just $50
  • Help in accessing significantly discounted high-speed internet for qualified participants

If you interested in participating or have any questions, Speak to a staff at ABCD East Boston APAC or Call 617-567-8857

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

November 17: Salesian Boys & Girls Club 11th Annual Pasta Dinner

Join our Salesian Community for a Special Family Night!

2017 Pasta Dinner
A Night of Friendship, Fun, Food and Many Raffles


Friday, November 17, 2017 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Salesian Boys & Girls Club - 150 Byron Street, East Boston

$10.00 Donation

Food Provided by
Jeveli's Restaurant, Sammy Carlo's Delicatessen & Muffin Town

Many Raffles Prizes!! - Great Gift Baskets!!

All proceeds to benefit programs for our kids.

For More Information
Please Call 617-567-0863

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17th 2017 FROM 6:00 TO 8:00 PM

Please make checks payable to: 
Salesian Boys & Girls Club 

Salesian Boys 8, Girls Club of East Boston, 
150 Byron Street, East Boston, MA 02128 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Lydia Edwards wins East Boston; Challenges Opponent to Debates Across District

BOSTON (10/1/2016) —Lydia Edwards, Boston city council candidate to represent East Boston, Charlestown and the North End/Waterfront, today challenged Stephen Passacantilli to a series of debates throughout the district ahead of the November 7th general election.

“I am thrilled with the response of voters,” said Edwards. “Our communities are at a pivotal moment. My opponent and I have different perspectives on how to move the city forward and a substantive discussion on the issues facing this district is necessary.

“I look forward to highlighting those distinctions and therefore I challenge my opponent to debates in all three neighborhoods,” says Edwards. 

Edwards, a public interest attorney and community advocate, is no stranger to public service. She has spent her career fighting for women and working families. In her role as the Deputy Director of the city’s new Office of Housing Stability, she found innovative solutions to mitigating Boston’s housing crisis and stood up for vulnerable members of our community by co-founding East Boston’s community soup kitchen.

Lydia promises to bring a bold, independent voice with a fresh perspective to City Hall and her top priorities include ensuring pathways to homeownership for all residents, quality public schools for local families, responsible community-driven development, and reliable transportation.

Edwards is a resident of East Boston with her husband, Rogerio, a licensed electrician and small business owner.

The general election will take place on Tuesday November, 7th. For more information please visit:


Source: Edwards Campaign

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Boston Teachers Union Host Back-to-School Fair for Public School Families

Boston (Sept 23)- Thousands of Boston-area public school families attended a fun-filled and educational back-to-school fair, September 23 sponsored by the Boston Teachers Union. Among the attractions were music and activities for students of all ages, free books and educational materials, and resources for parents from community partners.

Educators in Boston Public Schools recently settled a new contract with the district that includes improvements for students and families advocated for by BTU educators. Key features of the contract included an increase to the number of school nurses, a commitment to joint labor-management work, training to ensure the best possible education experience for all students, and greater investments in “restorative practices” aimed at reducing suspensions and expulsions by providing additional social and emotional supports to students. 

Meanwhile, BTU educators have been actively campaigning to protect Boston students and families from the threat to immigration protections for individuals who arrived in the country as children or as refugees. BTU leaders and educators recently united with Boston Public Schools officials to advocate for additional school funding during legislative hearings at the State House.

“This year’s back-to-school fair was an opportunity to celebrate the unity we are building among educators, families, BPS officials, city leaders and the community in advocating for the best public schools possible,” said Jessica Tang, who took office earlier this year as president of the Boston Teachers Union. Tang is the first woman of color to lead the 10,000-member local. “We have started this school year with a wonderful event that celebrates reading and literacy while also celebrating our diverse community and providing a fun, free day of activities for students and families. We hope to continue this spirit throughout the year.

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The Boston Teachers Union proudly represents more than 10,000 teachers and other professionals including nurses, psychologists, guidance counselors, paraprofessionals, and substitute teachers. Together, we advocate for the interests of students, parents and education professionals throughout the Boston Public Schools. We support investment in public education to ensure a stronger future for our students and our city. As a union of educators, we are part of a movement that seeks to improve the quality of life for all working people and their children. We are united against all forms of prejudice and bigotry that would seek to devalue the lives or liberties of our students, families, or colleagues.

Monday, September 25, 2017

September 28: Friends of East Boston Greenway with the Greenway Council

Friends of the East Boston Greenway
With the East Boston Greenway Council

Thursday, September 28, 2017
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Anna DeFronzo Center
395 Maverick Street, East Boston
Near the corner of Jeffries Street


1.  Introductions

2.  Greenway Safety and Security Update
Boston Police Dept. District A-7
 Community Services Sergeant Martin and Officer Simons

3.  Heidi Schork, The Mural Crew
    Greenway Mural Update

4.  Linton Harrington, The Trustees (invited)
    Final Report on summer youth work

5.  Kannan Thiru
    Climate Ready Boston:  The Role of the Greenway in Preparing East Boston for    Flooding Due to Sea Level Rise

6.  Barr Foundation Waterfront Initiative RFP
    Update and discussion of opportunity
7.  New Business / Old Business

All meetings on 4th Thurs at 6:30 PM

Upcoming meetings: 2017:    Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 16 (note change), Dec. TBD


Thursday, September 14, 2017

East Boston Man Sentenced for Illegal Firearm Dealing

BOSTON – An East Boston man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for illegal firearms dealing in the Orient Heights public housing projects in East Boston.

James Warner, 30, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In April 2017, Warner pleaded guilty to engaging in the business of dealing in firearms without a license and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Warner, who is prohibited from buying, selling and using firearms due to a prior criminal conviction, conspired with other individuals to sell a Hungary, .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol and a Davis Industries, Model D-32 caliber derringer in the Orient Heights Housing Development in East Boston.

The case arose from a federal investigation into a network of street gangs that created alliances to traffic weapons and drugs throughout Massachusetts and generate violence against rival gang members. As a result of the investigation, 53 defendants were indicted in June 2016 on federal firearms and drug charges, including defendants who are allegedly leaders, members, and associates of the 18th Street Gang, the East Side Money Gang and the Boylston Street Gang. These gangs operated primarily in the East Boston, Boston, Chelsea, Brockton, Malden, Revere and Everett areas. During the course of the investigation, law enforcement seized cocaine, cocaine base (crack), heroin, fentanyl, and over 70 firearms.

Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division; Matthew Etre, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; John Gibbons, U.S. Marshal for the District of Massachusetts; Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey; Colonel Richard D. McKeon, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Boston Police Commissioner William Evans; Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes; and Brockton Police Chief John Crowley made the announcement today. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office also acknowledges the assistance of the Suffolk and Middlesex County Sheriff Departments and the Malden, Revere and Everett Police Departments.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Candidate Farmer pushes Massport to reduce pollution at Logan

Candidate Farmer pushes Massport to reduce pollution at Logan

(East Boston, MA September 8, 2017)--Citing concern for the environment in the neighborhoods directly surrounding Logan Airport, Margaret Farmer, Candidate for Boston City Council, has called on Massport to work with the City of Boston to fund, explore, and implement a number of solutions aimed at reducing pollution and increasing the quality of life for the community surrounding Logan Airport.

“As instances asthma and COPD continue to increase in our neighborhoods it is important to measure benchmarks of the current environment. Massport needs to fund an independent source to produce a scientific, peer-reviewed environmental study to serve as a benchmark on air quality,” said Farmer. “We should know what’s going on in our environment, and this study could cover a broad range of data, such as ultra-fine particulate matter. Local community groups like AIR, Inc. have been asking for this for many years.”

Farmer also supports State Representative Adrian Madaro’s proposal for the installation of “Real Time” tracking devices around the airport and within East Boston to allow for the monitoring of noise and air pollution. “Making data like this available to the public allows for more transparency, and it’s an opportunity for others to look at the data and find innovative solutions for pollution reduction,” she added. 

Another area Farmer sees an opportunity for Massport to work with the surrounding community is by funding the NOAH Tree Cover Project. This project, started by local East Boston students, aims to increase tree cover in East Boston from its current 15% to 30%, the average for the City. More trees will lead to less reflected heat and light on paved surfaces, increased water retention from rain, and more natural filtration of the air. “This is a great local initiative where Massport can look to increase trees in the neighborhood, especially since the airport runways reflect so much heat, and trees can’t be planted along them,” added Farmer. 

Farmer also advocates for new technology “We are seeing exciting changes happening, in Denmark especially, where large air filters are being placed around airports to collect ultra-fine particulate matter and combat the amount of carbon monoxide in the air. As MASSPORT is planning to build a garage with 5,000 additional parking spaces in the community, this is something we should consider.”

Margaret Farmer is currently running to represent District 1 in the Boston City Council. District 1 includes East Boston, Charlestown, and the North End. You can read more about her positions on Massport and other issues at