Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Gabriela Mendoza Announces her candidacy for Suffolk County Register of Deeds' To face off against incumbent Stephen Murphy

Statement from the Mendoza Campaign 9/17:

"Today, after much encouragement, motivation and support from my family and friends I am excited to announce that I, Gabriela Mendoza, am running for the office of Register of Deeds for Suffolk County.

I will be facing the incumbent, Stephen Murphy, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts election being held on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018.

I have been in the Boston area for almost 25 years and have come to feel that Boston is home. I live and work here: I have established a law practice, moved my family across the U.S. and I bought a home in Boston I have been fortunate and am grateful; because of those feelings, I become involved with community groups and organizations as a way of giving.

I see the position of Register of Deeds as another way for me to give back to my community: to be an active advocate for the citizens of Suffolk County by providing information and educational resources involving real estate and home ownership, while ensuring the recording and preservation of real estate records in a reliable and professional manner.

I will be meeting and seeing as many Suffolk County residents from now until the election on November 6th. 

If time prevents me from meeting you, I am asking for your support and your vote!"

Gabriela Mendoza grew up in southern California. She attended Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, where she studied political science and philosophy. After graduating from Mount Saint Mary’s in 1994, Gabriela moved to Boston to attend Suffolk University Law School. Gabriela was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1997 and the New Hampshire Bar in 1999. Gabriela owns a house in Boston and has two rescue dogs.

News: Mayor Walsh Announces New Affordable Housing Fund Round

Includes first large scale CPA awards and $16 million in other funding that support the City's housing goals

(BOSTON -  Wednesday, September 19, 2018) - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that the City of Boston has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for affordable housing projects seeking City of Boston financial support. This affordable housing funding round will include over $16 million in city affordable housing funds, and in addition, will include the first large scale awards of Community Preservation Act (CPA) funding for affordable housing development projects.

While the exact amount of CPA funding for housing will be determined by the Community Preservation Committee (CPC), total awards from all sources in this funding round will likely exceed $25 million, making it one of the largest affordable housing funding rounds in City of Boston history.


File Photograph: EastBoston.com

File Photograph: EastBoston.com

"Addressing rising housing costs is critical for preserving the diversity and character that makes Boston a place where all residents can thrive," said Mayor Walsh. "Voters in Boston made their support for affordable housing creation clear when they passed the Community Preservation Act in 2016. My administration has put affordability at the top of our agenda, establishing a comprehensive plan, and committing more than $115 million to housing. With these new funds in this funding round, we will further accelerate our work to lift up every neighborhood and provide all residents and their families with accessible and affordable housing options."

Based on the goals outlined in Mayor Walsh's housing strategy, Housing A Changing City: Boston 2030 and the Imagine Boston 2030 Planning Process, the City of Boston has established priority criteria which proposals must meet, including:


  • Affordable housing developments targeting a mix of incomes: from units for homeless households to units targeted and restricted to incomes representative of Boston's workforce;
  • Affordable housing developments that serve the disabled community, vulnerable or special needs populations, older Bostonians, veterans, artists, and/or aging out youth;
  • Acquisition of unrestricted housing developments in order to stabilize residents' tenancies, and provide long term affordability for a mix of incomes; or
  • Affordable housing developments that utilize City-owned land;
  • Affordable housing developments that have reduced the cost to build and use public funding most efficiently;
  • Developments that are at risk of losing their affordability within five years.
  • Projects creating new affordable units in high-cost neighborhoods where most of the IDP and NHT funds are generated.


Funds will be awarded from three sources: the first, of approximately $8 million, consists of funds administered by the Department of Neighborhood Development, including funds from the Federal HOME Investment Partnerships and Community Development Block Grant programs, the City's Housing Boston 2030 Fund, and the Inclusionary Development Policy Fund. Up to $3 million of this funding is earmarked to support housing that serves households 55 years or older. 

The second source utilizes funds from the Neighborhood Housing Trust (NHT). NHT disburses funds collected through the City's Linkage policy, which extracts affordable housing funds from developers of large commercial projects. 

The third source is CPA funds, which are collected through the one percent property tax surcharge approved by Boston voters in 2016 to help strengthen Boston neighborhoods through strategic investment in affordable housing, historic preservation, and open space. The addition of CPA funds to this funding package aligns the City's housing resources towards full implementation of Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030 plan. Applications are currently available for the next round of CPA funds.

About Housing A Changing City: Boston 2030

By the year 2030, Boston will reach more than 700,000 residents, a number the City has not seen since the 1950s. Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030 is Mayor Walsh's Administration's comprehensive housing plan to create 53,000 new units of housing for a variety of income levels. Since the policy was enacted in 2014, Boston has permitted more than 27,000 units of housing, completing nearly 18,000 of them as of the end of the second quarter in 2018. More than 11,000 of those permitted units are income-restricted, and more than 2,000 of these are reserved for Bostonians earning low and extremely low wages.

Although these results show strong progress toward the goals established by the Mayor's Advisory Housing Task Force, Boston's population is increasing more rapidly than the population models used in to establish plan targets had estimated. 

Housing A Changing City: Boston 2030 was created not as a static policy piece to be enacted, but as a living document meant to be reassessed and reframed as necessary. In the Spring of 2018, Mayor Walsh reconvened the Housing Task Force to assess progress and reevaluate the goals of the policy through this new population filter. Other factors under consideration include the Mayors Regional Housing Compact Policy and the effects on Boston and its neighbors, as well as the evaluation of lessons learned over the past four years. An update to Housing A Changing City: Boston 2030 is expected in the fall of 2018.

About Imagine Boston 2030

Imagine Boston 2030 is building on Housing a Changing City by identifying areas where continued growth can occur and where additional growth beyond the 53,000-unit target can take place. This growth will create a release valve for existing neighborhoods that are seeing pressure on housing prices. Other initiatives include: working to increase the overall housing supply, deploying tools to support the preservation of affordable housing citywide, putting forth an anti-displacement package that will create and preserve affordable housing, and preventing eviction, link housing and transportation and supporting home ownership. For more information included in the plan, please visit imagine.boston.gov.

Source: Mayor's Press Office (9/19/2018)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018

Mayor Walsh kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month with City Hall Lighting

(BOSTON - Monday, September 17, 2018) - Mayor Martin J. Walsh tonight will join residents to illuminate City Hall in orange and mark the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of Bostonians whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall Plaza.

"Boston is home to a strong, proud Latino population that has made major contributions in every neighborhood and every aspect of our city life," said Mayor Walsh. "Celebrating Heritage Months is part of our commitment to making sure Boston remains a city of opportunity for everyone, and I'm proud to celebrate our incredible Latino community during this special month and all year long."

Bostonians are encouraged to join the month-long celebration by attending events throughout the City. On Thursday, September 20, from 12 to 2 p.m., the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services will be hosting Salsa on the Lawn at City Hall Plaza to celebrate with music, food, and entertainment. Residents are also encouraged to attend the Mayor's Latino Coffee Hour on Saturday, September 22 from 3 to 5 p.m. in East Boston's Central Square.

"Events like the 'Latino Coffee Hour' and 'Salsa on the Lawn' are a great way for residents to meet and interact with each other as well as celebrate the Hispanic culture and appreciate what Hispanics have contributed to Boston and the United States," said Jerome Smith, Chief of Civic Engagement. "We encourage all residents of Boston to come and enjoy all the different programming we are creating in honor of this month."

This year, the Latinx Employee Resource Group (ERG), a network of employees within the City of Boston, are spearheading events during the month. The group is building on its mission to promote the diversity and professional development of its members.

"I am very proud of the work we have done to bring Employee Resource Groups to the City of Boston," said Danielson Tavares, Chief Diversity Officer. "The Latinx ERG is a great example of how the ERGs will play a critical role in the development of our workforce."

Community organizations are invited to submit their events in commemoration of National Hispanic Heritage Month here.

Source: Mayor's Press Office 9/17/18.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Rollins wins race for Suffolk County DA race

Statement from the Rollins Campaign, September 4, 2018 10 p.m. 

BOSTON – Today Rachael Rollins won the election for Suffolk County District Attorney. Rollins will be the first female-candidate of color to hold the position in the history of the Commonwealth. 

Rollins stated, “I am honored and humbled.  But I also need to say – for all of us – that this is earned. As a 47-year old Black Woman, I have earned this. We have earned this.  This is the time for us to claim our power and make good on our promises to make true criminal justice reform for the people in Suffolk County.  Reform that is progressive – that decriminalizes poverty, substance use disorder, and mental illness.  This is the time to create a system that puts fairness and equity first – as a model for the Commonwealth and the nation.”

To learn more about Rollins or to get involved in the campaign for the general election in November, please visit: www.rollins4da.com.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Suggested read of the day: Cicero and His Influence by John C. Rolfe, 1923

A very good read and a wonderful introduction. Professor Rolfe was enthralled with his subject, the great Cicero.


Friday, August 31, 2018

Mayor Walsh: Back to School, a letter to all Boston students.

Back to School 

By Mayor Martin J. Walsh

Dear Students, 

September is one of my favorite months. The weather is getting cooler, football is back in season, and students like yourselves are heading back to school.

You might not know it, but it takes a village to prepare for the first day of school. Your teachers, principals, and custodians have spent the summer getting ready for the big day--- creating lessons, preparing your classrooms, and planning the great adventures you’re sure to have this year. 

The first day of school provides countless opportunities. You’ll find new ways to develop as students, athletes, artists, and leaders. You’ll reconnect with old friends, and make new ones. It’s a fresh start--- a chance to start things off on the right foot. I hope that you will set new goals, and work hard to make this your best school year yet. 

The new year will also bring new challenges. But persevering is an important part of school and growing up. I can say that from personal experience. When I was seven, I was diagnosed with cancer. I had to miss a lot of school for treatments and I even had to repeat fifth grade. But the support of my family, my teachers, and my friends helped me pull through. That’s the strength of the Boston community. I hope you know that our city will always have your back, too. If you’re ever going through a hard time, don’t hesitate to ask a trusted adult, a teacher, or your school community for help. We’re all here to root one another on. 

Whatever this school year has in store, I wish you the best of luck. Challenge yourselves. Try new things. And put your best foot forward. If you start the school year with an open mind and an open heart, there’s nothing you can’t achieve. I’ll be rooting for you every step of the way. 

I’ll see you soon, 

Mayor Walsh 

Police unions endorse Greg Henning for Suffolk District Attorney

BPPA, FOP Join First Responders Supporting Henning in Race to Replace Outgoing Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley

BOSTON – Today, candidate for Suffolk County District Attorney Greg Henning received the endorsement of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association (BPPA), which represents patrol officers in the Boston Police Department. Henning also today received the endorsement of the Massachusetts Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), which represents police officers throughout the state.

The police unions join the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts, Boston Firefighters Local 718, Revere Fire Fighters Local 926, the Latino Law Enforcement Group of Boston, former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, and outgoing Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley as first responders and public safety leaders supporting Henning in the race for Suffolk County District Attorney.

“Greg Henning is an experienced and trusted prosecutor, leader and mentor in his community. As an Assistant District Attorney, he’s handled everything from quality-of-life misdemeanors to shootings and other violent crimes throughout Suffolk County, and he’s performed the job with dedication and compassion,” said Michael Leary, Vice President of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association (BPPA). “Greg has also been an active participant in his community as a teacher and mentor for young people. It gives me great pleasure to announce the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association endorsement of Greg Henning.”

“Public safety officers in Boston and throughout Suffolk County support Greg because he’s spent his career keeping Boston safe, from his work in the courtroom removing dangerous guns from our neighborhoods to his work as a teacher and mentor helping young people keep their lives on track,” said Todd Bramwell, President of the Massachusetts Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). “Greg Henning has the experience and vision to combat gun violence, access treatment for people who are struggling with addiction, and help make Suffolk County a place where every young person gets the support they need to succeed.”

“I am thankful to have the support of the BPPA and the Massachusetts FOP in this campaign as we work to keep our neighborhoods safe from gun violence, combat the opioid epidemic, and better engage every community in Suffolk County,” said Greg Henning. “Boston Police patrol officers are national leaders in effective community policing, and they work hard every day to keep our city safe. Our first responders across the county are dedicated public servants, and I’m glad to have their support for my vision of a safe and vibrant Suffolk County.”

Greg Henning is running for Suffolk County District Attorney to keep our neighborhoods safe from gun violence, devote resources to fighting the opioid epidemic, and create mentoring programs to ensure that young people get a second chance. During this campaign, he’s released a plan to fully staff a countywide Unsolved Shootings Unit that would investigate nonfatal shootings and remove more guns from our streets; a plan to expand access to drug treatment and fight the opioid epidemic; and a plan to create a mentorship program called Law Enforcement Early Diversion, or LEED, which would pair law enforcement professionals, such as Assistant District Attorneys and police officers, with young people throughout Suffolk County.

The Democratic Primary for the open race to replace outgoing Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley is on Tuesday, September 4, and the General Election is on Tuesday, November 6.

About Greg Henning

For ten years, Greg has worked as an assistant district attorney in the Suffolk County DA’s office, including time as head of the Gun Prosecution Task Force and as head of the Gang Unit, which is focused on shootings and other violent crimes in Suffolk County. In addition to his work at the DA’s office, Greg built a reputation as a beloved teacher and mentor in the community, and his career has been marked by a deep passion for reaching young people.

In 2009, Greg started volunteering, coaching, and tutoring at College Bound Dorchester. He left the DA’s office in 2011 to become a teacher at Boston Preparatory Charter Public School in Hyde Park, teaching eighth grade English and twelfth grade constitutional law. Even after he returned to the DA’s office in 2013, he remained a consistent part of his students’ lives.

Son of  Boston news reporter John Henning, Greg grew up in Boston, graduated from Harvard in 2002 with a degree in Government, and received his juris doctorate in 2005 from the University of Virginia School of Law. He completed a clerkship for the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Macon, Georgia, before returning to Boston to begin work as a prosecutor. Greg lives in Dorchester with his girlfriend, who is a special education teacher in Boston.

You can read more about Greg Henning and his vision for Suffolk County at his website www.greghenning.com.

Source: Mike Cummings, 781-361-1328, mike@greghenning.com, August 31, 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Atlantic Works presents "Fabrications" by Teubner and Reardon; Opens September 8

September 8 – 29, 2018
ATLANTIC WORKS GALLERY PRESENTS





Fabrications
paintings by Diane Teubner and Brian Jude Reardon
RECEPTIONS 6-9PM
SEPTEMBER 8 OPENING
SEPTEMBER 20 THIRD THURSDAY


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EAST BOSTON, MA 02128 
Tel: 857-302-8363


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

DA Candidate Greg Henning Announces Plan to Expand Access to Drug Treatment and Fight the Opioid Epidemic

Suffolk County District Attorney Candidate Would Increase Access to Drug Treatment Programs At the Courthouse, Take Active Role in Getting People into Recovery Programs

BOSTON – Today, candidate for Suffolk County District Attorney Greg Henning announced his plan to fight the opioid epidemic in Suffolk County by stationing accessible drug treatment providers at courthouses, expanding drug court sessions to every district court, investigating overdose cases to remove deadly drugs from the street, and taking an active role in advocating for treatment options.

“In my ten years as an assistant district attorney, I’ve seen the effects of the opioid epidemic while working with victims and defendants. We must do a better job of getting people treatment and guiding them to recovery resources, rather than punishing them for their addiction or leaving them to fend for themselves,” said Greg Henning. “The District Attorney’s Office has a unique opportunity to provide help immediately after people come in contact with the criminal justice system for drug possession offenses. With drug treatment providers stationed at the courthouse, those suffering from addiction would be offered immediate medical assistance, be provided with help accessing recovery programs, and begin working toward treatment at the moment they need it most.”

Greg’s plan would be to station recovery coaches and addiction specialists from programs like Road to Recovery at courthouses right outside of arraignment sessions. Greg’s office would seek to routinely divert people charged with drug possession crimes out of the courts and into drug treatment programs. Before heading out of court, those suffering from addiction would go through an intake process with a trained recovery professional, rather than being left to fend for themselves and arrange for treatment on their own.

Greg would also seek to expand the drug court sessions currently being used in courthouses throughout Massachusetts. These sessions work with treatment providers to put those suffering from addiction on a path to recovery. These courts enlist a person’s family and their community to address the problem of addiction, a method that has already proven to be successful in Suffolk County, but is still absent from some of our courts. Greg would work with the trial court so that every one of the district courts has an available drug court session.

“Choosing to merely ‘not prosecute’ people arrested for drug possession offenses would be irresponsible in the midst of such a severe crisis,” said Henning. “As the office that is often the first government institution to have contact with someone struggling with addiction, we should do more, not less.”

In addition to increasing access to drug treatment programs at the courthouse, Greg’s plan includes a proposal to put resources toward investigating fatal overdose cases in order to identify who sold drugs to the victim, find the source of particularly deadly batches of heroin or fentanyl, and remove those deadly drugs from the street. As District Attorney, Greg would also lobby the legislature for better, more readily available drug treatment options in Suffolk County, especially an increase in the number of treatment facilities and beds for those suffering from addiction. Greg would be an advocate for the reopening of the Long Island Shelter and rebuilding of the bridge to access that facility.

“We see the effects of the opioid epidemic everywhere. In 2006, one of my closest friends ended up behind bars for a crime designed to feed his addiction. I watched him suffer the effects of withdrawal while he sat inside of a prison cell. As an assistant district attorney, I’ve consoled a mother and father begging me to request bail to hold their son overnight. They knew this was the only way to keep him off the street and away from drugs until they could locate an available bed at a treatment facility. I have worked with victims and witnesses who asked for help with their own addiction, not knowing where else they could turn,” said Henning. “The District Attorney’s Office comes into contact with thousands of people suffering from drug addiction each year, and we can use our power to proactively guide those struggling toward treatment.”

Greg’s full opioid plan is available at www.greghenning.com/opioidplan/. It’s the third policy plan released by Henning, following a plan to fully staff a countywide Unsolved Shootings Unit that would investigate nonfatal shootings and remove more guns from our streets; and a plan to create a mentorship program called Law Enforcement Early Diversion, or LEED, which would pair law enforcement professionals, such as Assistant District Attorneys and police officers, with young people throughout Suffolk County.

The Democratic Primary for the open race to replace outgoing Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley is on Tuesday, September 4, and the General Election is on Tuesday, November 6.

About Greg Henning

For ten years, Greg has worked as an assistant district attorney in the Suffolk County DA’s office, including time as head of the Gun Prosecution Task Force and as head of the Gang Unit, which is focused on shootings and other violent crimes in Suffolk County. In addition to his work at the DA’s office, Greg built a reputation as a beloved teacher and mentor in the community, and his career has been marked by a deep passion for reaching young people.

In 2009, Greg started volunteering, coaching, and tutoring at College Bound Dorchester. He left the DA’s office in 2011 to become a teacher at Boston Preparatory Charter Public School in Hyde Park, teaching eighth grade English and twelfth grade constitutional law. Even after he returned to the DA’s office in 2013, he remained a consistent part of his students’ lives.

Son of  Boston news reporter John Henning, Greg grew up in Boston, graduated from Harvard in 2002 with a degree in Government, and received his juris doctorate in 2005 from the University of Virginia School of Law. He completed a clerkship for the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Macon, Georgia, before returning to Boston to begin work as a prosecutor. Greg lives in Dorchester with his girlfriend, who is a special education teacher in Boston.

You can read more about Greg Henning and his vision for Suffolk County at his website www.greghenning.com.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Laborers Local 223 Endorses Greg Henning for Suffolk County District Attorney

Henning Seeks to Replace Outgoing Suffolk County DA Dan Conley

BOSTON – Today, candidate for Suffolk County District Attorney Greg Henning received the endorsement of Laborers Local 223.

“Greg Henning has the experience as a prosecutor to keep our neighborhoods safe from gun violence, and the understanding to know when a person is dealing with drug addiction and just needs help finding treatment,” said Martin F. Walsh, Business Manager of Laborers Local 223. “As District Attorney, Greg will be ready on day one, and Laborers Local 223 is proud to endorse his campaign.”

“I am thankful to have the support of Laborers Local 223 in this campaign as we work to keep our neighborhoods safe from gun violence, combat the opioid epidemic, and better engage every community in Suffolk County,” said Greg Henning. “The men and women of Local 223 work hard building Boston every single day, and I’m glad to have their support for my vision of a safe and vibrant Suffolk County.”

Greg Henning is running for Suffolk County District Attorney to keep our neighborhoods safe from gun violence, devote resources to fighting the opioid epidemic, and create mentoring programs to ensure that young people get a second chance. During this campaign, he’s released a plan to fully staff a countywide Unsolved Shootings Unit that would investigate nonfatal shootings and remove more guns from our streets; and a plan to create a mentorship program called Law Enforcement Early Diversion, or LEED, which would pair law enforcement professionals, such as Assistant District Attorneys and police officers, with young people throughout Suffolk County.

The Democratic Primary for the open race to replace outgoing Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley is on Tuesday, September 4, and the General Election is on Tuesday, November 6.

About Greg Henning

For ten years, Greg has worked as an assistant district attorney in the Suffolk County DA’s office, including time as head of the Gun Prosecution Task Force and as head of the Gang Unit, which is focused on shootings and other violent crimes in Suffolk County. In addition to his work at the DA’s office, Greg built a reputation as a beloved teacher and mentor in the community, and his career has been marked by a deep passion for reaching young people.

In 2009, Greg started volunteering, coaching, and tutoring at College Bound Dorchester. He left the DA’s office in 2011 to become a teacher at Boston Preparatory Charter Public School in Hyde Park, teaching eighth grade English and twelfth grade constitutional law. Even after he returned to the DA’s office in 2013, he remained a consistent part of his students’ lives.

Son of Boston news reporter John Henning, Greg grew up in Boston, graduated from Harvard in 2002 with a degree in Government, and received his juris doctorate in 2005 from the University of Virginia School of Law. He completed a clerkship for the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Macon, Georgia, before returning to Boston to begin work as a prosecutor. Greg lives in Dorchester with his girlfriend, who is a special education teacher in Boston.

You can read more about Greg Henning and his vision for Suffolk County at his website www.greghenning.com.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Check out What’s Happening at the East Boston Branch Library!

Teen Listening Skills Workshop
Saturday, August 25th at 2 p.m.
Sharpen your listening skills just in time for the school year with local educator Kim Kerrigan!


Bees & Honey / Abejas y Miel
Thursday, Sept. 6th at 6:15 p.m.
Dave Strickler, an avid local beekeeper, will give a talk on honeybees in urban environment, what it’s like to raise honeybees in your backyard, and the small things you can do to help honeybees flourish. He’ll also bring a sampling of honeys for tasting that will delight your taste buds and change the way you think about honey.





Introduction to Genealogy
Monday, Sept. 10th at 6:30 p.m.




Interested in learning about your family history, but not sure how to begin? Getting Started in Genealogy will teach you the basics of genealogical research. Topics will include how to begin, how to find available resources, how to record and organize your research and much more.

Jeanne Belmonte is a board member of the of the East Boston Museum and Historical Society and a professional genealogist/family historian with more than 10 years of research experience.

Sponsored by the Friends of the East Boston Branch Library.


Birds of Prey
Saturday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m.
Mass Audubon Society returns to the East Boston Branch of the BPL with Birds of Prey.  Live birds will be present!!!!!






Orientation Workshop for Foreign-Trained Professionals
Saturdays, Sept. 22nd and 29th from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Join us for a New Immigrants Orientation Workshop! We are bringing in experts to answer questions and provide resources that will help recent immigrants build on their foreign training to reach their potential in the United States. Attendance is FREE.  Participants are expected to attend both sessions.
Sponsored by the African Bridge Network and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Advancement.



Book Discussion Club:  Substance Use Recovery Memoirs and Stories:
Thursday, Sept. 27th at 6:30 p.m.

For our September Book Discussion Club, we will be focusing on memoirs and stories that talk about substance use, addiction, and recovery as part of SAMHSA's National Recovery Month. 

Starting August 20th, choose from a selection of titles ranging from graphic novels to fiction to first-hand accounts from people in recovery. Print, ebook and audiobook options are available. We will meet on September 27th to discuss the books we have selected while enjoying light refreshments.




Friday, August 17, 2018

Outgoing DA Dan Conley Endorses Greg Henning For Suffolk County District Attorney

Conley will join Henning to talk to voters at a door-to-door campaign canvass in Hyde Park on Saturday, August 18 at 11:00 a.m., starting in Cleary Square, at the corner of Hyde Park Avenue and River Street.

Outgoing DA Dan Conley Endorses Greg Henning For Suffolk County District Attorney

BOSTON – Candidate for Suffolk County District Attorney Greg Henning today received the endorsement of outgoing Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley. 

Conley will join Henning to talk to voters at a door-to-door campaign canvass in Hyde Park on Saturday, August 18 at 11:00 a.m., starting in Cleary Square, at the corner of Hyde Park Avenue and River Street.

“Greg Henning’s unparalleled experience makes him the clear choice to serve as the next Suffolk County District Attorney,” said Conley. “Greg has proven himself to be a leader among his peers in smart prosecution and community engagement. The next District Attorney needs to prioritize public safety while continuing Suffolk County’s leadership in reforming prosecution practices, such as expanding the state’s first Conviction Integrity Program. From his plan to address unsolved shootings, to his proposed Law Enforcement Early Diversion mentoring program, Greg has proven he is ready to do this job, and I am proud to endorse him.”

Greg has worked in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office under DA Dan Conley for ten years and currently serves as Chief of the office’s Gang Unit. Greg started at the DA’s office in 2007 and was appointed Chief of the Gun Prosecution Task Force shortly after. He left the office in 2011 to teach eighth grade English and twelfth grade constitutional law at Boston Preparatory Charter Public School. In 2013, he returned to the DA’s office and has been there since.

“District Attorney Dan Conley has worked to keep the residents of Suffolk County safe for 16 years. Under his leadership, the Suffolk County DA’s office has implemented strategies that helped reduce incarceration by 40 percent countywide, started a process to deal with police-involved shootings known as the “Boston Model” that has delivered unprecedented levels of transparency, and dedicated more resources to working with victims and witnesses of violent crime to ensure their safety and protection,” said Henning. “I am honored to have his support in this campaign so I can build on the work he’s done as Suffolk County’s next DA.”

Greg Henning is running for Suffolk County District Attorney to keep our neighborhoods safe from gun violence, devote resources to fighting the opioid epidemic, and create mentoring programs to ensure that young people get a second chance. During this campaign, he’s released a plan to fully staff a countywide Unsolved Shootings Unit that would investigate nonfatal shootings and remove more guns from our streets; and a plan to create a mentorship program called Law Enforcement Early Diversion, or LEED, which would pair law enforcement professionals, such as Assistant District Attorneys and police officers, with young people throughout Suffolk County.

The Democratic Primary for the open race to replace outgoing Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley is on Tuesday, September 4, and the General Election is on Tuesday, November 6.

About Greg Henning

For ten years, Greg has worked as an assistant district attorney in the Suffolk County DA’s office, including time as head of the Gun Prosecution Task Force and as head of the Gang Unit, which is focused on shootings and other violent crimes in Suffolk County. In addition to his work at the DA’s office, Greg built a reputation as a beloved teacher and mentor in the community, and his career has been marked by a deep passion for reaching young people.

In 2009, Greg started volunteering, coaching, and tutoring at College Bound Dorchester. He left the DA’s office in 2011 to become a teacher at Boston Preparatory Charter Public School in Hyde Park, teaching eighth grade English and twelfth grade constitutional law. Even after he returned to the DA’s office in 2013, he remained a consistent part of his students’ lives.

Son of Boston news reporter John Henning, Greg grew up in Boston, graduated from Harvard in 2002 with a degree in Government, and received his juris doctorate in 2005 from the University of Virginia School of Law. He completed a clerkship for the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Macon, Georgia, before returning to Boston to begin work as a prosecutor. Greg lives in Dorchester with his girlfriend, who is a special education teacher in Boston.

You can read more about Greg Henning and his vision for Suffolk County at his website www.greghenning.com

Capuano: Healthcare for All

There are many opinions on the types of healthcare Americans should have access to. Republicans in Congress believe we’re all on our own. I believe we’re all in this together. And I firmly believe that healthcare is a right, not a privilege. That’s why I support single-payer healthcare: we need Medicare for all, and we need it now. 

Across our district, I’ve seen how important having health insurance is to thousands of people with preexisting conditions. I’ve seen how thankful so many are for the reforms of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that opened the door to coverage for millions for the very first time. And I’ve seen how much working families rely on our doctors, our hospitals, and our community health centers every day. That’s why I’ve worked so hard to bring home funding for programs like the Boston Public Health Commission’s REACH initiative that supports health education and preventive screenings. That’s why I co-founded the Community Health Centers Caucus in Congress to further support these centers and the work they do through the ACA. I’ve made community health centers a priority, working to secure funding so they could expand and increase services. 

Today, all of that the progress is under attack. The ACA is being ambushed like never before. Republicans have tried to repeal it. The Justice Department refuses to defend it in court. And Donald Trump continues to play games and try to sabotage Americans’ healthcare rather than work to improve it. 

Think about all we would lose if Donald Trump and the Republicans got their way. We’d go back to an America in which someone could be denied coverage they needed because of a preexisting condition, or where those who could not afford coverage were told they had to get by on their own. That is unacceptable. It would put the health of millions in jeopardy. And I am determined to fight those efforts every step of the way.

But we can go further than just defending the progress we’ve already made. It’s important to think about what comes next. And the next logical step to getting our healthcare system where it needs to be so every American has affordable, quality health care is through Medicare for all. I am a longtime supporter of Medicare for all and have been fighting for it in Congress. With resolve and commitment, I know we can make this important progress.

Every American deserves healthcare. It’s a basic human right. And as soon as Democrats take back Congress, I know we will be on our way to making it a reality. But I’m not giving up the fight for healthy communities here at home while we wait. I will not rest until we make sure that everyone in our neighborhoods has access to care, because we can’t just say that everyone has a right to health care -- we need to take action to make sure that they have access to affordable care.

Together, we can stand up to fight for the ACA and push for Medicare for all. It’s up to us to make sure our values are backed up by action. I’m not going to stop fighting for a healthcare system that is affordable, high quality, and universal. I hope you’ll join me in that fight.

Source: Capuano for Congress campaign

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Suffolk DA Candidate Greg Henning Releases TV Ad — “Dedicated”

Highlights Henning’s Plans to Combat Gun Violence, Fight the Opioid Epidemic, and Create Mentoring Program

BOSTON – Candidate for Suffolk County District Attorney Greg Henning today released a television ad focused on his agenda to keep Suffolk County safe from gun violence, combat the opioid epidemic, and ensure that young people get a second chance. The ad, which will run on cable TV channels between now and the September 4th primary election, is the first television ad in the open race to replace outgoing Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley.

The ad, titled “Dedicated,” begins with footage of John Henning, Greg’s father and a longtime news reporter and anchor for several Boston TV stations. After Greg talks about the lessons his father taught him about “honesty, fairness, compassion, and justice,” the ad features testimonials from one of Greg’s colleagues and a former student of his.

“Greg has really been a role model for me at the DA’s office, particularly with his commitment to protecting victims of crime,” said Amy Martin of Charlestown, an Assistant District Attorney in the Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Unit in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, where Greg has spent ten years as an Assistant District Attorney. “Greg has the experience necessary to keep Suffolk County safe, and the compassion to know when a young person who made a mistake just needs help getting their life back on track.”

“Since I met Greg, he has always looked out for me. He plays a major factor in what I want to do in my life,” said Manny Valmir of Hyde Park, a former student of Greg’s from Boston Preparatory Public Charter School, where Greg taught eighth grade English and twelfth grade constitutional law. “In the seven years I’ve known Greg, he’s been an incredible mentor to me, and I know he’ll help so many other young people as our DA.”

The ad then describes Greg’s agenda: to keep our neighborhoods safe from gun violence, devote resources to fighting the opioid epidemic, and create mentoring programs to ensure that young people get a second chance. During this campaign, he’s released a plan to fully staff a countywide Unsolved Shootings Unit that would investigate nonfatal shootings and remove more guns from our streets; and a plan to create a mentorship program called Law Enforcement Early Diversion, or LEED, which would pair law enforcement professionals, such as Assistant District Attorneys and police officers, with young people throughout Suffolk County.






“Voters in every community are supporting our campaign to keep Suffolk County safe from gun violence, combat the opioid epidemic, and better engage every community in Boston, Revere, Chelsea, and Winthrop,” said Henning. “I’m excited to share my vision of a safe and vibrant Suffolk County with voters in this ad.”

The Democratic Primary for the open race to replace outgoing Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley is on Tuesday, September 4, and the General Election is on Tuesday, November 6.

About Greg Henning

For ten years, Greg has worked as an assistant district attorney in the Suffolk County DA’s office, including time as head of the Gun Prosecution Task Force and as head of the Gang Unit, which is focused on shootings and other violent crimes in Suffolk County. Amidst his work at the DA’s office, Greg built a reputation as a beloved teacher and mentor in the community, and his career has been marked by a deep passion for reaching young people.

In 2009, Greg started volunteering, coaching, and tutoring at College Bound Dorchester. He left the DA’s office in 2011 to become a teacher at Boston Preparatory Charter Public School in Hyde Park, teaching eighth grade English and twelfth grade constitutional law. Even after he returned to the DA’s office in 2013, he remained a consistent part of his students’ lives.

Son of  Boston news reporter John Henning, Greg grew up in Boston, graduated from Harvard in 2002 with a degree in Government, and received his juris doctorate in 2005 from the University of Virginia School of Law. He completed a clerkship for the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Macon, Georgia, before returning to Boston to begin work as a prosecutor. Greg lives in Dorchester with his girlfriend, who is a special education teacher in Boston.

You can read more about Greg Henning and his vision for Suffolk County at his website www.greghenning.com.


Source: Contact: Mike Cummings, 781-361-1328, mike@greghenning.com

Thursday, August 9, 2018

August 14: GOP Ward Committee to meet

This just in:

The East Boston Ward 1 Republicans will meet Tuesday evening, August 14, 2018 at Jeveli’s Restaurant at 6:00 p. m.  

We will be discussing committee Chairman Joe Steffano’s ideas for ward committee publicity and engagement with the East Boston community.  

We are looking forward to having Mike Pollack of the Mass Victory office join us for this meeting.  A representative of the Beth Lindstrom campaign might join us as well.  

Registered Republicans and un-enrolled voters are cordially invited to attend.  We look forward to seeing you there.  

For more information please call Chris Morton at (617) 569-4075.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

August 13: Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association Meeting Agenda

August 13th 2018,  7 p.m.  

East Boston Neighborhood Training Facility Center 
250 Sumner Street  

Agenda:
  • Sgt Martin , Off. Simon -  Police Updates;
  • Liaison Jesus Garcia -  Mayor's office updates;
  • Christine Poff - Director Community Preservation;
  • E. Boston Greenway update - Kannan; 
  • Energy Efficiency and Household Hazardous Waste -- Gabriela Boscio
  • Information only - Casa Romero 303 Sumner Street;  
  • Somalian Cafe 389 Maverick Street - Yahya Noor;
  • 9-15 Webster ave - Proposal to erect vertical, third floor addition on existing building at 11-15 Webster Ave. to create a 4-unit residential building. Build new 2-unit, 3-story residential building on vacant lot at 9 Webster Ave. Project includes a total of 6 residential units. No parking proposed. Attorney Mark Lacasse. VOTE;
  • 210 Webster Street -  Extend rear . - Architect Lyle Bradley;
  • 30 Orleans Street  -   Erect 2 family with car port on empty lot.  Joy Street Design.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Check out What’s Happening at the East Boston Branch Library in August!

Meet a Park Ranger
Wednesday, August 1st at 2 p.m.
Join us and a Park Ranger for a family-friendly afternoon! Read a book with a Park Ranger, become a Junior Ranger, and learn more about Boston Harbor Now's Library Pass Program. 




Summer Eats at the East Boston Branch Library
Monday-Friday, lunch 12:30-1:30 p.m. and snack 3:30-4:30

This summer, children and teens can enjoy free, healthy meals at the East Boston Branch Library through the Summer Eats Food Service Program. Children are also invited to join in the fun at the library during this time which includes Read Boston on Mondays in July and drop-in arts and crafts and board games Tuesday through Friday in July and Monday-Friday in August.

A nutritious snack will also be served at 3:30 p.m.each weekday.

Summer Eats will provide nutritious meals to kids and teens 18 and under through the federal Summer Food Service Program. Working in partnership with local communities, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Project Bread – a leading statewide anti-hunger organization – support Summer Eats programs across the state to reach as many children and teens as possible.


Break-dancing with the Floor Lords Crew
Saturday, August 11th from 1-4 p.m.

The Floor Lords Crew will be showcasing the foundational  steps and history of hip-hop culture in Boston here at the East Boston Branch at 1:00pm on Saturday August 11th @ 1:00pm!
The Floor Lords was established in 1981 at the adolescence of the Hip-hop culture. Two groups formed into one, to create a powerhouse crew. Since then, they have played a significant role in the growth of Hip-hop culture, contributing wholeheartedly by helping to define and ultimately expand upon the art of break dancing or more commonly known as “B-boying” around the world. 




Historic New England:  The Magic of Music:  Melba’s Triumph
Friday, August 10th at 3 p.m.


Historic New England invites students to explore the life of Melba Liston. Using the book, Little Melba and her Big Trombone, students will meet Melba, an extraordinary jazz trombonist who faced numerous challenges in her life to create toe-tapping tunes. Students will look at instruments from the past, listen to Melba’s music, and create a musical instrument to take home with them.
For ages 6-12.


Senior Sock Hop
Thursday, August 16th from 1-4 p.m.

Put on your dancing shoes and travel back in time to the 1940’s and 50’s! Strike a pose at our  photo booth, test your knowledge of all things 50’s in a fun trivia game and dance the afternoon away!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Boston Carmen’s Union Endorses Greg Henning for Suffolk County DA

Henning Seeks to Replace Outgoing Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley

BOSTON – Candidate for Suffolk County District Attorney Greg Henning today announced that he has received the endorsement of the Boston Carmen’s Union, Local 589 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, which represents over 6,000 MBTA bus drivers, subway and light rail operators, repairers, maintenance-of-way staff, and other MBTA union transit professionals.

“Greg Henning has a long track record with a proven commitment to public safety and a depth of experience that will be an asset to the working men and women of Suffolk County,” said James O’Brien, President of the Boston Carmen’s Union. “The Boston Carmen’s Union is proud to endorse Greg for Suffolk County District Attorney.”

“The hard-working men and women of the Boston Carmen’s Union do challenging work every single day to keep our city moving, and I’m deeply honored to have their support,” said Greg Henning. “Bus drivers and other MBTA workers often see the effects of gun violence in our neighborhoods, and they’re regularly the first public officials to respond to opioid overdoses. As DA, I’ll be dedicated to keeping our neighborhoods safe by combating these two epidemics, while building trust within every community in Suffolk County. I’m thankful to have the Carmen’s Union supporting my vision of a safer, more vibrant Suffolk County.”

The Democratic Primary for the open race to replace outgoing Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley is on Tuesday, September 4, and the General Election is on Tuesday, November 6.


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About Greg Henning



For ten years, Greg has worked as an assistant district attorney in the Suffolk County DA’s office, including time as head of the Gun Prosecution Task Force and as head of the Gang Unit, which is focused on shootings and other violent crimes in Suffolk County. In addition to his work at the DA’s office, Greg built a reputation as a beloved teacher and mentor in the community, and his career has been marked by a deep passion for reaching young people.

In 2009, Greg started volunteering, coaching, and tutoring at College Bound Dorchester. He left the DA’s office in 2011 to become a teacher at Boston Preparatory Charter Public School in Hyde Park, teaching eighth grade English and twelfth grade constitutional law. Even after he returned to the DA’s office in 2013, he remained a consistent part of his students’ lives.

Greg grew up in Boston, graduated from Harvard in 2002 with a degree in Government, and received his juris doctorate in 2005 from the University of Virginia School of Law. He completed a clerkship for the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Macon, Georgia, before returning to Boston to begin work as a prosecutor. Greg lives in Dorchester with his girlfriend, who is a special education teacher in Boston.

You can read more about Greg Henning and his vision for Suffolk County at his website www.greghenning.com.

Source: Henning campaign 7/26/2018

Friday, July 20, 2018

Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Replacement Project Work Begins Next Week

July 26 through August 11: MassDOT will replace westbound side of the bridge

Intensive construction operations will mean significant travel impacts throughout the region

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is reminding members of the public that significant travel impacts will begin next week as part of the intensive construction operations to replace the westbound side of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge.

On the evening of Thursday, July 26, a section of Commonwealth Avenue and the Boston University Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic, and MBTA bus detours for the CT2 and 47 routes will go into effect. The MBTA Green B Line will be replaced by shuttle buses at the start of service on Friday, July 27, and lane reductions on I-90 in Boston will then begin later that evening.

Crews will start demolishing the westbound side of the bridge on the morning of Saturday, July 28. The MBTA Commuter Rail Worcester/Framingham line and the Amtrak Lake Shore Limited line will be replaced by bus shuttles throughout the weekend, and during the following weekend, in order to ensure adequate room for operations. The new westbound side of the bridge will then be constructed with steel beams, prefabricated concrete deck panels, and asphalt by August 11.

(A photograph taken in summer 2017 of MassDOT’s construction operations to replace to the eastbound side of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge.)

This $110 million bridge replacement project, which would take an estimated four to five years using conventional techniques with significant lane-takings and service disruptions, is scheduled for completion in 2019 under the accelerated plans. The westbound side of the bridge will be constructed this summer using 3 cranes that weigh 600 tons each. Crews will utilize this equipment to put in place 45 steel beams and 214 pre-fabricated concrete deck panels along with 680 cubic yards of concrete and 520 tons of hot mix asphalt.

The full upcoming travel impacts will be as follows:

Pedestrians and Bicyclists

Pedestrians and bicyclists will have access across the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge on the eastbound side throughout construction.

Download the Blue Bikes app on the App Store or Google Play to find a station near you. For a limited time, Blue Bikes is dropping their Single Trip Pass to $1 from July 26 - August 11, available in the Blue Bikes app.

MassDOT is also partnering with the City of Boston to provide an additional temporary Blue Bikes station at Silber Way on Commonwealth Ave during the construction period.

For more information, visit www.bluebikes.com


Drivers

Commonwealth Avenue

Commonwealth Avenue (between Packard’s Corner and Kenmore Square) will be closed to vehicular through traffic (local access only) from 7:00 p.m. on July 26 to 5:00 a.m. on August 11. 

Access through this area will be maintained for local businesses and customers, residents, MBTA buses, emergency services, pedestrians, and bicyclists during this time.

See the “Commonwealth Avenue Closure Detour” on the Traffic Management page. 

Boston University (BU) Bridge

The BU Bridge will be closed to vehicular and bus traffic from 7:00 p.m. on July 26, to 5:00 a.m. on August 11. Access will be maintained for pedestrians and bicyclists only.

See the “Boston University (BU) Bridge Closure Detour” on the Traffic Management page.

I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike

From 9:00 p.m., on July 27, to 5:00 a.m., on August 6, I-90 (between the Allston Interchange and the Beacon Street Overpass in Boston) will have no more than two lanes open in each direction during peak hours. 

I-90 in this area will be further reduced to one lane in each direction at various times during off-peak, weekend, and weekday overnight hours.

The I-90 eastbound on-ramp from Cambridge Street/Soldiers Field Road will be closed during this entire period.


  • The I-90 westbound Exit 20 off-ramp to Brighton/Cambridge will be closed intermittently.
  • I-90 will fully restored to four lanes in both directions at 5:00 a.m., on August 6. 
  • See the “I-90 (Mass Pike) Ramp Closures Detour” on the Traffic Management page.


 Memorial Drive

 ·         The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will allow vehicular traffic on Memorial Drive in Cambridge on Sunday, July 29, and Sunday, August 5, in order to minimize impacts on local roadways and allow for safe and reliable travel throughout the area.

 ·         DCR will add an additional Sunday closure of Memorial Drive in Cambridge this fall meaning vehicular traffic will not be allowed between Western Avenue and Mount Auburn Street from 11:00 a.m., to 7:00 p.m., on Sunday, November 18.

Sumner Tunnel

The additional “swing lane” on Route 1A southbound at the Sumner Tunnel will have extended hours so that it is opened at 3 p.m., on Friday, July 27, and will remain open through 5 a.m., Monday, July 30.

The swing lane will then be opened daily from 1 p.m., through 10 p.m., between Monday July 30, and Thursday, August 2.

The swing lane will also be opened at1 p.m., Friday, August 3, and will remain open through 5 a.m., Monday, August 6.

I-93 HOV Lane

The High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane on I-93 between Boston and Quincy will be open during the normal morning hours of 5 a.m., through 10 a.m., from Monday, July 30, through Friday, August 3.

The HOV lane will open early for the afternoon commute at 2 p.m., from Monday, July 30, through Thursday, August 2, and will then open at 1 p.m., on Friday, August 3.

MBTA Green B Line

The Green B Line will be replaced with shuttle buses between Babcock Street and Blandford Street Stations from 5:00 a.m. on July 27, to 5:00 a.m., on August 11. The MBTA will be providing regular service updates to customers.

MBTA Commuter Rail

The Commuter Rail Framingham/Worcester Line will operate regular service on weekdays.

On the weekends of July 28-29 and August 4-5, bus shuttles will replace Commuter Rail service in this area.

Free bus shuttles will replace Commuter Rail train service between Framingham and Wellesley Farms. After Wellesley Farms, the shuttle bus will then continue nonstop to Riverside, where riders can connect to the Green D Line. 

In addition to the local shuttles, express shuttle service will be available between Framingham and Riverside.

MBTA Bus

MBTA Bus Routes CT2 and 47 will be detoured from their normal routes from 7:00 p.m. on July 26, to 5:00 a.m. on August 11. These detours are expanded from the 2017 detour routes due to the closure of the Boston University Bridge this summer to all vehicles including MBTA buses.

The Route 57 Bus will operate its normal route and will not make outbound stops in the construction area.

See the “2018 MBTA CT2 and 47 Bus Detour Map” on the Traffic Management page.


Amtrak

Amtrak’s Lakeshore Limited Line will be replaced by shuttle buses between South Station and Albany, NY for the weekends of July 28-29 and August 4-5.


MassDOT asks for the community’s help to reduce traffic volume in the area as much as possible. MassDOT encourages the public to consider:

  • REDUCE – Work with employers on flex time or telecommuting as an alternative to travel during this time period. Take your summer vacations during this time and avoid traveling through the area if at all possible
  • REROUTE – Plan alternative travel routes around this construction area during the times mentioned.
  • REMODE – Consider using alternate modes of transportation which may include public transit, walking or biking.

The Baker-Polito Administration appreciates the cooperation and patience of the traveling public as core transportation infrastructure is improved. Members of the public are encouraged to utilize the appropriate technology tools including mass511.com, our GoTime travel app, and other wayfinding resources to find the most appropriate route, mode, and timing of travel during our construction operations.

Individuals are encouraged to sign up for email notices to receive public meeting notices, construction updates and traffic alerts. The Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Replacement Project website also contains specific details and maps and individuals can contact MassDOT with questions at: CommAveBridge@dot.state.ma.us