Monday, March 19, 2018

Gove Street Citizens Association to meet on March 26

Gove Street Citizens Association Monthly Meeting: 
Monday, March 26, 6:30-8:30pm
The Noddle Island Community Room– Logan Airport Rental Car Center

Boston Planning and Development Agency 
The BDPA community planning staff will discuss their role in the community planning and development process and will answer questions residents might have about the community planning and development process. 

Community Preservation Act 
Kannan Thiruvengadam, member of the Community Preservation Committee, will briefly discuss the Community Preservation Act which funds historical preservation, parks and affordable housing and how one can apply for funding. 

Project Presentations

1. 173-177 Maverick Street (formerly DeAngelis Bakery) 
A complete rehab of three buildings into a proposed occupancy of a single retail space and 9 dwelling units. Attorney Richard Lynds 2nd presentation/VOTE to be taken

2. 128 Gove Street/Mt. Carmel 
A proposal to demolish the existing structures on the Mt Carmel property and to build new housing structures on the vacant lot on Frankfort Street for a total of 115 units. Project consists of 50% condos and 50% rentals. Attorney Jeff Drago, presenting updates/No vote 

3. 28-30 Geneva Street,  Attorney Jeff Drago, 1st Presentation/No Vote

Location: The Noddle Island Community Room is 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.

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.

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.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

April 14: "I Migliori Awards Banquet" honoring the best Italian Americans in our midst

On behalf of the organization's president, Dr. Dean J. Saluti, Vice President, Pirandello Lyceum recently announced the recipients of this year's Pirandello Lyceum "I Migliori Awards." 

The award recipients this year (along with their sponsors) are:
  • Bradley Austin Pennington,  by Domenic Amara, President's Award, Music;
  • Dr. Frances R. Mazzaglia, by Domenic Amara,  Higher Education;
  • Cynthia Pasciuto,  by Marjorie Cahn, Law;          
  • Richard DeVito, by Dr. Dean Saluti, Medical Publishing;
  • Matthew Conti, by Philip Frattaroli, Business;   
  • Anthony Amore,  by Maria Capogreco, Literature; and
  • Vincent Basile,  by Frank Conte,  Criminal Justice.

The Master of Ceremonies will be John Nucci,  a former I Migiolri recipient -- presently a member of the Massport Board of Directors and Senior Vice President for External Affairs for External Affairs at Suffolk University.

The banquet honoring the recipients will take place on April 14, 2018, at the Airport Hilton.

The event begins at 6PM for cocktails, with dinner at 7PM. 

Tickets are $80. 

Please RSVP right away to Dorothy Maio at 781-245-6536/ or Maria Capogreco at 617-567-1233/ For more information, please call 617-285-6565 or email

April 12: East Boston Social Centers Pizza and Comedy Night at Prince Restaurant

This just in from Marisa DiPietro

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continued support of the East Boston Social Center!  We are planning our Annual Spring Fundraiser, a Pizza and Comedy night at Prince Restaurant in Saugus, to be held on the evening of Thursday April 12th, 2018. We are looking forward to seeing you and sharing a great night of laughs, pizza and friendship.

As you know, East Boston Social Center (EBSC) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit multi-service agency that has served the children, families, and senior citizens of East Boston since its founding in 1918. That’s 100 years!  Stay tuned for our Anniversary Gala later this year.

Net proceeds from the Pizza and Comedy night will support EBSC programs, which serve over a thousand members of the East Boston and surrounding community each year. EBSC provides fully licensed and accredited Early Learning and After School programs for children ages two months through fourteen years, free after-school programming for at-risk teens, a Summer Program, as well as nutritional and social and recreational programming for the elderly, and community space for advocacy, self-help and community groups.

Please fill out and return the attached form by April 5th to reserve your tickets to this fun event.  The ticket price of $35 per person includes all you can eat cheese pizza, free soft drinks and a hilarious comedy show.  There are also other menu items available for purchase and a cash bar.  We look forward to seeing you on April 12th! 

You may also purchase tickets online:

 Your participation and donations are a very important part of our fundraising efforts.  Our fundraiser and raffle will help to raise funds that will allow us to continue our work in the community.  The projected attendance is approximately 200 people. Raffle donor names will appear on the event program, raffle prize list, and follow-up publicity.

If you have any questions, please call me at (617) 569-3221 ext. 107, email at  - or contact any of our Board members.

Thank you for your continued generosity to the East Boston Social Centers and the community of East Boston.


Marisa Di Pietro

Development Director

East Boston Social Centers

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

March 21: JPNA Planning & Zoning Agenda

Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association P&Z Agenda 
March 21st 7pm
Jeffries Point Yacht Club
565 Sumner Street

  • 159-165 Everett Street- proposal to combine lots and erect a 9-unit residential dwelling with parking for 4 vehicles.  Att. Lynds.
  • 283 Webster Street-  proposal to extend living space into the basement of existing 3 unit dwelling and add rear decks and roof deck.  Att. Lynds.
  • Narrow Gauge Lots- Continued discussion of potential development on four vacant lots between Maverick and Everett, Everett and Sumner, Sumner and Webster and Webster and Marginal.     Att. Lynds.
  • 238 Webster St -  2nd appearance.   Demolish existing building and erect 9 residential units with 8 parking spaces. Atty Drago.
  • 30 Orleans St -  New construction on lot.   4-family. Joy Street Design.  3rd appearance with changes.
  • 9-14 Webster Ave.  Mark Lacasse - Complete gut renovation of existing structures of 11 and 15 Webster Avenue and erect additional unit on each to create a 4th unit on each.  Vacant lot, 9 Webster Avenue to erect 3 units. (Making it a total of 9 units with no parking since Webster Avenue is a private way and no parking allowed.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Save the date: 10th Annual Breakfast Fundraiser


Thursday, May 17, 2018
7:30 am – 9:30 am
Tickets $25 – Tables $250

For information & sponsorship opportunities, 
please contact Anita at 617-567-0863

Funds raised will go to support  our Summer Camp Program 

Event Location

Salesian Boys & Girls Club
150 Byron Street, East Boston

Guest Speakers to be Announced

Monday, March 12, 2018

East Boston Democrats elect delegates to State Convention

Registered Democrats in East Boston held a caucus at the Salesian Boys & Girls Club on March 10, 2018 to elect nineteen (19) delegates and four (4) alternates to the 2018 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, where Democrats from across Massachusetts will gather to endorse statewide candidates and amend the Party Charter. 

The Convention will be held on Saturday, June 2nd at the DCU Center in Worcester. 

The ten (10) female delegate elected were: 

  • Teresa Polhemus, 
  • Jacqueline Brangiforte 
  • Karen Buttiglieri, 
  • Alexis Kenney, 
  • Debra Cave, 
  • Gladys Oliveros, 
  • Margaret Farmer, 
  • Liana LaMattina, 
  • Claudia Correa and 
  • Lydia Edwards.

The nine (9) male delegates elected were: 

  • Joe Ruggiero, 
  • Anthony Gesualdi, 
  • Jason Ruggiero, 
  • Daniel Sibor, 
  • Braulio Felipe, 
  • Jeff Mathieson, 
  • Jeff Thomas, 
  • Thomas Briand and 
  • Ed Coletta. 

There were also four (4) alternates elected and they were:

  • Michael Othmer, 
  • Matt Cameron, 
  • Giordana Mecagni and 
  • Madeleine Steczynski.

The following Massachusetts Democrats shall serve as ex-officio Delegates to the Convention with full voting privileges: 

  • Adrian Madaro, State Representative, 
  • Carol Aloisi, Treasurer Democratic State Party, 
  • Gabriela Coletta, State Committeewoman, and 

Michael Sulprizio, Chairman Ward 1 Democratic Committee. 

In the spirit of inclusion, youth, minorities, and people with disabilities who are not elected as delegates or alternates may apply to be add-on delegates, either at their caucus or online at 

For more information on the caucus or the committee please contact Michael Sulprizio at / 617-438-0952 or check out their Facebook page at or follow them on Twitter @ward1demsEB.

Michael Sulprizio.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

What's Happening at the Library in East Boston this month

Check out what’s happening at the East Boston Branch Library

Family Story Time 
This weekly story time features books, songs, and movement. Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. (runs through May 24. No story time on May 10). For ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult. 

Baby Lapsit 
Join us for bounces, rhymes, stories and activities. Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. (runs through May 25). For children under 2 accompanied by an adult. 

Countdown to Kindergarten Playgroup
Fridays at 10 a.m.
For children 1-5 years of age.Moms, dads, grandparents and other caregivers are welcome! Children will start to build on their school readiness skills.Para niños de 1 hasta 5 años. ¡Damos la bienvenida a los padres, los abuelos y otros adultos que cuiden a los niños! ¡Los niños comienzan a desarrollar sus habilidades de preparación para la escuela!

Need Homework Help?
Come to the library’s free homework help program. High school students help children in grades K – 8, Monday through Thursday from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
A Boston Public School teacher provides homework help on Mondays and Thursdays from 4 – 6 p.m. No registration is necessary. 

Drop-In Tech Help for Adults & Seniors
Mondays from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Tech confusion? We can help! If you have questions about a laptop, Chromebook, Android or iPad tablet, Kindles and eBook readers, iPods, or about smartphones of all sorts, drop by with your fully-charged device and we can help you learn a new technique or trick to get your tech device working for YOU!

Yu-Gi-Oh Club -meets every Saturday from 1:30-3:30. 

English Conversation Groups Mondays at 6:30 and Tuesdays at 1 p.m.
Come practice speaking English with our conversation group.  It meets  meet on Mondays.These groups are free and open to the public.  No registration needed.

Monday Night Knit-in at the East Boston Branch Library
First Monday of the month at 6 p.m.
Unwind with your knitting at this monthly drop-in knitting session. Join us to meet new people, share ideas, get tips, learn from each other and have fun! Bring a project to work on. All skill levels welcome.

USCIS Information Session at the East Boston Branch Library
Thursday, March 22nd from 3-6
In this drop-in session, a USCIS (Citizenship and Immigration) officer will answer questions about immigration issues, including:
An Officer will provide information and answer your questions about: • Naturalization and Citizenship • Permanent residency •Immigration benefits •Avoiding immigration scams • Finding low-cost and safe legal advice NOTE: Staff will not address case specific inquiries. If you need case-specific information, call USCIS Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 or visit your local USCIS office.

ESL Intermediate English Class
Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. -3:00 p.m.
This is an adult ESL Intermediate English class for people with some English experience. Registration is required. To register and for more information, please visit us, call 617.859.2446, or email Classes are free.

Karaoke Coding for Teens
Wednesday, March 7th at 5 p.m.
Join us in celebration of Teen Tech Week as the Rhode Island Computer Museum leads us in a coding workshop that uses portable mics and free coding software. Teens will use drag-and-drop "code blocks" and create interactive stories, animations, and sounds. By the end of the session, teens will have learned how to make their very own beat box.

Ready, Set, Start Your Seeds!
Saturday, March 10th from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Join Eastie Farm and the Bremen Street Community Garden to get ready for growing season. Plant seeds from our seed library, including leafy greens, veggies, and herbs. Take home your very own mini tray of good green growing things! For all ages!

Amulet and Good Luck Charm Workshop
Wednesday, March 14th at 3:30 p.m.
We will be creating small wearable bags of amulets and good luck charms.  Materials will be provided.  However, if you have a special trinket or charm of your own, bring it along and we can help you incorporate it into a wearable piece.  You are also welcome to add small notes of intention or inspirational quotes. For ages 6 and up

Let Freedom Ring! Music and Poetry of Black History
Thursday, March 15th at 6 p.m.

Bright Star Theater presents a powerful production that takes every audience member on a journey through African American history and culture. Follow the journey from Africa through slavery to the Civil Rights Movement and the powerful voices of today’s leaders. Hear Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Maya Angelou, and more. 

For information any of these programs, call or come in to the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen Street, (617) 560-0271.

Councilor Edwards to honor Maverick Street Mothers through Annual Scholarship Fund

(BOSTON, March 6, 2018) - Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards kicked off March as “Women’s History Month” by announcing an annual scholarship paying tribute to the Maverick Street Mothers awarded to local parents attending Boston-area colleges. 

"In honor of Women’s History Month, we celebrate the contributions of leaders who continue to inspire us, whose shoulders we stand on, and who helped shaped the history of East Boston. Today, we celebrate East Boston advocate Anna DeFronzo and all Maverick Street Mothers for their activism in fighting against airport expansion in the 1960's,” said Councilor Edwards.

"Tomorrow, we want to make sure that their legacy is never forgotten,” continued Edwards. "Therefore, I'm proud to announce a Maverick Street Mothers Scholarship Fund to be given in the fall for local parents seeking assistance to attend college."

Maverick street mother and longtime community activist Mary Ellen Welch is excited to see the next generation of leaders receive support through Edwards scholarship. "It’s been on the minds of activists that we needed younger generations to take on causes that were so important to the community back then and that are still prevalent now," said Welch.

"Councilor Edwards’ scholarship will provide the opportunity for young people to learn the importance of standing up for what is right, formulating principals around neighborhood cohesiveness, and allowing communities to have self-determination."

The Maverick Street Mothers organized community protests in the 1960’s against the Massachusetts Port Authority and the proposed expansion at the time. The protest was widely publicized as both women and men from the community formed a blockade using baby carriages to stop construction and delivery trucks on Maverick Street.

In order to be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be a local parent and resident of East Boston and attending, or planning to attend, a Boston-area college within one year. Each applicant must supply a letter of recommendation and a typed essay of no more than five-hundred (500) words describing the importance of civic engagement and community activism. Semi-finalists will then be asked to complete and in-person interview.

To find out ways to support the Maverick Street Mothers scholarship fund, please call (617) 635-3200 or e-mail

Source: The Office of Councilor Edwards 3/6/2018.

Editor's note: Here's the obituary of one of the original Maverick Street Mothers, Betty Mazzarini

March 8: Community Preservation Act discussion

On Thursday, March 8, the City of Boston will host an open forum for community members in East Boston to engage in discussions around the future of the Community Preservation Act (CPA) as it is implemented in neighborhoods throughout Boston. 

The new $20 million fund, established as a result of the passage of the Community Preservation Act in 2016, will support historic preservation, affordable housing, open space and recreation across the city. 

In July 2017, Mayor Walsh announced the selection of Christine Poff to serve as the Director of the Community Preservation Committee, which aims to shape the future of investments in Boston's neighborhoods with funds contributed through the Community Preservation Act (CPA).

This event is being hosted by City Councilor Lydia Edwards, State Senator Joseph Boncore, and State Representative Adrian Madaro.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 8, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: East Boston High School, 86 White St, East Boston

For more information and to stay up-to-date on CPA in Boston, please visit:

Monday, February 26, 2018

Councilor Edwards launches local art contest for display at City Hall

(BOSTON, 26 February 2018)  Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards is calling for local artwork submissions from the community as part of a contest to find defining district one displays for her office at Boston City Hall. 

"I’m searching for creative pieces of art to highlight what makes Charlestown, East Boston, and the North End special places to live," said Councilor Edwards. "As our neighborhoods change, it’s important to celebrate our communities’ past, present, and future landscape. What better way to achieve this than to have our neighbors submit interpretations for all city hall visitors to see?”

Councilor Edwards is accepting artwork submissions between March 1st and April 1st that encapsulate the unique character and landscape of the district. 

The top three submissions will be selected and announced after the April deadline with a ceremony and dinner to follow. Artists will retain right to original submission but interpretation and display on city property is at the Councilor’s discretion. 

There is no age limit for the contest and all modes or vehicles of expression are welcomed. 

Submissions may be sent via e-mail in color PDF form to with the subject line “District One Artwork Submission”. 

Physical submissions can be hand delivered or mailed to One City Hall Square, Suite 550, Boston, MA 02201.

Gabriela Coletta,

Have a "shamrocking" time at the Porazzo Rink on St. Patrick's Day: March 18

Porazzo Rink Presents: St. Patrick's Day Public Skate Event

EAST BOSTON, MA- On Sunday, March 18th, FMC Ice Sports will be hosting a special St. Patrick’s Day Public Skate event at Porrazzo Rink in East Boston, MA. 

Have a shamrocking time at this special public skate, where you will have the chance to win prizes and giveaways. The times for the themed skate are listed below:

SUNDAY, March 18th – 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.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Vacation week events at the East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library

Concert with Matt Heaton

Tuesday, February 20, 10:30 a.m.

Children and their families are welcome to an entertaining concert by Matt Heaton. Matt’s songs are a mix of rockabilly, surf, American roots, and Irish traditional music, delivered with a sense of humor and sincere sense of fun. 

Concert with Sulinha’s Trio

Wednesday, February 21, 11 a.m.

Children and their families are welcome to attend this educational concert, which is highly influenced by the performers’ Brazilian background. You will hear Itsy Bitsy Spider in a Bossa Nova beat as well as many original songs with topics like counting, the seasons, elephants, and many other interactive and dancing songs. Children will be introduced to traditional instruments from Brazil like Berimbau, Cuica, Pandeiro, and Surdo. 

Funding for these programs was made possible by the Highland Street Foundation. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Councilor Edwards files resolution supporting airport workers strike

BOSTON (7 February 2018) - City Councilor Lydia Edwards filed a resolution this week supporting a Boston Logan Airport workers strike against JetBlue subcontractors FSS and ReadyJet for intimidation and threats. 

"These workers are the backbone of what keeps our airport moving yet they are continually overlooked and undervalued at poverty wages,” says Councilor Edwards. “They deserve the dignity and respect to exercise their right to organize for improvements and rights while on the job, free from surveillance, threats or acts of intimidation."

The strike against FSS and Ready Jet comes after illegal work practices and intimidation against workers in their efforts to organize says SEIU 32BJ, the union representing the works and service employees around the Commonwealth. The union also states that while under sub-contract of JetBlue, both FSS and Ready Jet have violated labor laws and received numerous citations from both Massachusetts and federal agencies. 

Airport workers have been forced to file charges for illegal surveillance, threats and intimidation of workers who are organizing for workplace changes, Boston City Councilor Edwards says filing the resolution is a message to both companies that enough is enough.

 "Workers in this country have a legal right to organize and shouldn’t have to face illegal threats and intimidation when they do. Airline subcontractors are not above the law and we need to hold them accountable when they break it,” says Edwards. 

"I will support these workers, many of whom live and work two to three jobs in East Boston, as they exercise their right to strike in the coming weeks. They deserve to take peaceful action to build a better workplace and a better city for us all."

Source: Gabriela Coletta, (617) 635-3200

Monday, January 29, 2018

The next Suffolk Downs meeting is January 30, 2018

District 1 City Councilor Lydia Edwards Maiden Speech: "A home for all Bostonians"

The City of Boston is at a watershed moment as we find ourselves with the exciting opportunity to define our neighborhoods future for generations to come. 

While I am incredibly hopeful for the future of this city, I am keenly aware of the challenges that face so many Bostonians on their own pathways. Many of those challenges begin with the basic human need and right for safe, clean, affordable housing.

Today, we face a housing crisis. Today, we face a wealth gap that for many is directly related to the ability to own a home. For many others, the after-effect of redlining, or a refusal of a loan to individuals deemed to be a poor financial risk, kept many people from being homeowners.

It always circles back to housing and generational wealth.

In my district, we will be creating Boston’s newest neighborhood at Suffolk Downs at one end and at the other end redoing the oldest and largest housing project in New England located in Charlestown.

We will be facing challenges on each extreme of the housing spectrum. We will fight to keep all 1100 housing units in Charlestown and stop displacement while we will fight to assure that our newest neighborhood is welcoming to all economic levels and embraces our incredible diversity.

Let’s make sure Boston’s future is not dictated by big business but instead show leadership to hold big business accountable to adjust to the needs and standards set by our community. Still at the core of both developments is the very question and need of having a home.

The city has launched an aggressive goal of building 53,000 housing units and is already ahead of schedule.

We are often told that we need to build more and that market forces and that with the age-old rule of supply and demand will be able to house our poor, working class, and middle class. The “investor class” and higher income individuals will be drawn to the bright, sleek units and not to our traditional family housing stock.

Let me be clear, I do not believe we can build our way out of this housing crisis and I am a skeptic of trickle-down housing policies. We need a direct and equally aggressive mindset for creating housing for our families.

We need real numbers and measurements that reflect the average income of Bostonians and not based on the current area median income. We need targeted, frank discussions with developers. We need to set an investment standard in Boston.

We need to play defense and protect our housing stock like it is one of the most precious resources we have.

All the building in this great City will be for nothing if we turn around and find decimated neighborhoods that barely have a history or sense of community.

If your goal is to flip houses and make money on the backs of working families let me state that this city is not for you. If you come here to treat our neighborhoods like a piece of stock that can be traded on Wall Street. Boston is not for sale.

Our future is at stake and we have work to do. We will rise to the occasion and meet this challenge head on. 

Boston, we can build more than just buildings.

We can and must build pathways out of poverty through housing. We can and must build sustainable climate ready housing for all. We need multiple entries to home ownership that are funded and supported by the City of Boston.

Therefore, let’s adopt a community benefit standard agreement, let us protect our tenants and help them become owners. Let us provide resources for our small mom and pop landlords to help them keep up with upgrades and incentivize them to house our vulnerable populations at reasonable rents through tax, insurance, and other policies.

Let us protect all Bostonians on their pathway. Let’s be sure that we can always say to struggling single parents, to newly arriving immigrants, to young people just starting out and forever to families that have been here for generations:  "Welcome to Boston. Welcome home."

Source: Office of District 1 City Councilor Lydia Edwards

Friday, January 26, 2018

Rep. Madaro files bill to force Massport to house its own ambulance

BOSTON, MA – Representative Adrian C. Madaro to file legislation requiring Massport to house its own ambulance at Logan Airport.

"Those of us who live in East Boston are well aware of the need for additional EMS services for our neighborhood," he said.

A recent Boston Globe article noted that while the average wait time for an ambulance in the City of Boston is six minutes for a Priority 1 call, East Boston residents wait an average of eight minutes for assistance. There is only one ambulance that serves both East Boston’s 40,000 plus residents and Logan Airport’s employees and patrons. 

Logan Airport accounts for approximately 30% of the calls that East Boston’s ambulance receives. In addition, it is important to note that in recent years there has been a greater need for ambulances throughout the city, with calls increasing 26% between 2005 and 2014.       

“East Boston is woefully underserved,” said Rep. Madaro. “We are geographically isolated from the rest of the City, which alone is a problem for ambulance response times. 

While a second ambulance dedicated to East Boston is the ultimate solution, requiring Massport to have its own EMS services will allow the one existing ambulance to focus solely on East Boston residents and their needs.”

Rep. Madaro’s legislation, An Act Relative to Ambulance Service at General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport, would require Massport to maintain its own ambulance for Logan Airport. This would increase access to ambulance services and help reduce wait times for East Boston, while also ensuring that the safety of East Boston residents remains a top priority.

New members show: Diane Modica at Atlantic Works: Feb. 3 opening reception

Thursday, January 25, 2018

East Boston Republicans to Meet February 13th

East Boston Republicans will gather Tuesday evening, February 13th at 6:00 p. m. to elect nine delegates to the Massachusetts Republican Convention.  This meeting will be in the East Boston YMCA community meeting room at 215 Bremen Street in East Boston.  All East Boston voters who are registered as Republicans are strongly encouraged to attend.  Unenrolled voters are invited to attend as well.  A voter registered as Republican as of December 31, 2017 is eligible to be elected as a convention delegate.  

For admission to the YMCA building, please bring government-issued identification to show at the front desk.  

The 2018 Massachusetts Republican Convention will be held in Worcester on Saturday, April 28.  

For more information about the East Boston meeting please call Chris Morton at (617) 569-4075 or e-mail  

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Statement from City Councilor Lydia Edwards on the mayor's ordinance regulating short-term rentals

"The Mayor's decision to regulate short-term rentals in Boston is a welcomed start to a necessary discussion about protecting our housing stock. The devastating impact of short-term rentals can be seen city-wide and is exasperated by absentee landlords and multi-unit owners.

I hope we get a balanced approach that returns the short-term rental market back to its original intent of providing supplemental income to residents living at the property and provides a way to hold hosts accountable to their neighbors.

I'm excited to work with all stakeholders, including short-term rental companies, to review the necessary data and explore innovative solutions to protect our city's housing stock and prevent displacement in Boston."

Boston City Councilor Edwards currently represents district one including the neighborhoods of Charlestown, East Boston, and the North End. 

She was recently appointed by City Council president Andrea Campbell to serve as Chair of the Housing and Community Development committee for FY 2018-2019.

Councilor Edwards was also appointed by Councilor Campbell serve on Boston's Neighborhood Housing Trust which was established in 1983 to prioritize funding for affordable and workforce units throughout the City by working with developers on large scale projects.

Source: Office of District 1 City Councilor Lydia Edwards

Monday, January 22, 2018

22nd Taste of Eastie on Thursday, January 25th, 2018: List of Vendors

East Boston, MA (January 21, 2018) – East Boston Main Streets Proudly Presents the 22nd Annual Taste of Eastie on Thursday, January 25th, 2018.

East Boston Main Streets invites the public to the 22nd Annual Taste of Eastie at the Hilton Boston Logan Airport Hotel on Thursday, January 25th, 2018 from 6:00-9:00pm. 

Food and fun highlight this wonderful evening including raffles and auctions. 

Local food merchants will showcase their delicious cuisine, including tastes from South and Central America, the Mediterranean, China, the Middle East, and Italy.  

Saxophonist Mauricio Catano will provide musical entertainment and the event will feature Sleight of Hand Entertainer and On-Floor Magician Felice Ling.

88 Cottage St. EB 02128

150 Meridian St. EB 02128

131 Lexington St.

158 Bennington St. EB 02128

31 Maverick Sq. EB 02128

950 Broadway, Chelsea 02150


154 Maverick St. EB 02128

24 Orleans St. EB 02128

73 Bennington St. EB 02128

298 Washington St. Boston 02108

20 Maverick St. EB 02128

188 Border St. EB 02128

6 New St. EB 02128

256 Marginal St. EB 02128

1004 Bennington St.

75 Meridian St. EB 02128

409 Chelsea St. EB 02128

294 Sumner St. EB 02128

258 Saratoga St. EB 02128

502 Sprague St. Dedham 02026

567 Bennington St. EB 02128

390 Chelsea St. EB 02128

282 Bennington St. EB 02128

1 Hotel Dr. EB 02128

291 Bennington St. EB 02128

101 Harborside Dr. EB 02128

53 Chelsea St. EB 02128

192 Sumner St. EB 02128

Tickets are $35.00 ($40.00 at the door) and can be purchased online at
For more details please contact EBMS at or call 617-561-1044.

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

Pirandello Lyceum with Author Anthony Amore on the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist

When:     February 12, 2018
Time:      6:00 P.M.
Where:   East Boston Public Library
              365 Bremen Street
              East Boston, MA 02128

As part of its ongoing effort to provide interesting cultural events to members and friends, the Pirandello Lyceum will present Author Anthony M. Amore at its annual Author’s Night. He will speak on the infamous art thefts from Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 

In the early hours of March 18, 1990, guards at the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston admitted two men posing as police officers. Once inside, the men tied up the guards and over the next hour, stole 13 works of art (including a Vermeer, 3 Rembrandts and 5 Degas) valued at $ 500 million – the largest art heist and the largest-value theft of private property in history.  To date, no arrests have been made and no works have been recovered. 

Mr. Anthony Amore is a security expert, investigator and best-selling author. His book, Stealing Rembrandts, is a spellbound journey into the high-stakes world of art theft.  In the book, Amore reveals the actors behind the major Rembrandt heists in the last century. 

This free event, which is open to the public, is provided by the Pirandello Lyceum. Refreshments: Caffé e Biscotti.For more information please contact the event Chairperson, Maria Capogreco at 617-567-1233

The Pirandello Lyceum promotes a greater understanding and appreciation of Italian culture among all people. 

Source: Pirandello Lyceum

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Friends of the East Boston Greenway: Flooding to be discussed at Jan. 25 meeting

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Anna DeFronzo Center
395 Maverick Street, East Boston, MA


  1. Police Report
  2. Discussion of recent flooding. who experienced what, where?  Greenway impacts.
  3. Recap of December mural grand opening event
  4. Announcement & discussion of Barr Foundation Waterfront Initiative grant.  Friends of East Boston Greenway in partnership with the Mystic River Watershed Association and Boston Society of Landscape Architects
  5. New Business.

2018 meeting dates:

In general, the fourth Thursday of the month, including:

January 25, February 22, March 22, April 26, May 24, June 28, July 26, (no meeting in August), September 27, October 25, November 15* (earlier in month), December 27

Please save the date and help spread the word!  All are welcome.

Friday, January 19, 2018

March 3: Boston Ward 1 Committee to elect delegates to Democratic State Convention

Registered Democrats in Boston Ward 1 will hold a caucus on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the BCYF Paris Street Community Center, 112 Paris Street, to elect delegates and alternates to the 2018 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention.

This year’s state convention will be held June 1-2 at the DCU Center in Worcester, where thousands of Democrats from across the state will come together to endorse Democratic candidates for statewide office, including Constitutional Officers and gubernatorial candidates.

The caucus is open to all registered and pre-registered Democrats in Boston Ward 1. Pre-registered Democrats who will be 18 by September 18, 2018 will be allowed to participate and run as a delegate or alternate. Boston Ward 1 can elect 19 delegates and 4 alternates to the Convention.

Youth, minorities, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals who are not elected as a delegate or alternate may apply to be an add-on delegate at the caucus or at

Those interested in getting involved with the Ward 1 Democratic Committee should contact Michael Sulprizio at 617-438-0952 or

You can also follow the Ward Committee on Twitter @ward1demsEB or “Like” us on Facebook at

Michael Sulprizio, Ward 1 Chairman, 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Gove Street Citizens Association to meet on 1/22

The Gove Street Citizens Association monthly meeting 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. 
  • Update on status of GSCA area projects.
  • 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 (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 (2nd presentation / Vote to be taken) 
  • 173-177 Maverick Street (Former DeAngelis Bakery) –  A complete rehabilitation of the existing three buildings into a proposed occupancy of a single retail space (bakery) and 9 dwelling units. Attorney Richard Lynds (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 (2nd presentation / No vote at this time.)

MEETING DATE: Monday, January 22, 2018  

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. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Suffolk County DA: Alleged Assailant Indicted, Apprehended in 2016 Belle Isle Marsh Homicide

BOSTON, Jan. 16, 2018—A man previously convicted of attacking a man in the Belle Isle Marsh Reservation has been charged with an earlier assault in the same location that claimed the life of 83-year-old East Boston resident Daniel Pepe, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

The Suffolk County Grand Jury on Dec. 20 returned indictments charging MICHAEL BRUZZESE (D.O.B. 5/26/65) with manslaughter and unarmed robbery of a person over 60 in the May 29, 2016, assault that caused Pepe’s death three days later.  The State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section apprehended Bruzzese this morning in Cambridge and he is expected to be arraigned later today in Suffolk Superior Court.

Bruzzese, who had a temporary residence in Cambridge and formerly lived in Hingham, was previously charged in connection with a separate assault on a 67-year-old Lynn man on June 1, 2016.  The evidence showed that Bruzzese approached this man, struck him, and demanded his car keys. Bruzzese later pleaded guilty in that case and was sentenced to 18 months in a house of correction.  He was released from that sentence approximately two weeks before the recent indictments were returned.

Bruzzese allegedly assaulted Pepe on May 29, 2016, in the same area of the marsh where the assault on the Lynn man later took place.  Pepe was found on a bench suffering trauma to the left side of his face and the back of his head but unable to tell emergency medical technicians what had happened.  While his car was located in the reservation’s parking lot, his keys were missing.  Pepe was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he died on June 1 of blunt force injuries to the head.

Because the assault that resulted in Pepe’s death occurred on Department of Conservation and Recreation property within the City of Boston, it was investigated by the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit with the assistance of Troop A of the Massachusetts State Police.

Assistant District Attorney Lynn Feigenbaum led the grand jury investigation resulting in Bruzzese’s indictment.  Elise McConnell is the DA’s assigned victim-witness advocate. 

Source: DA's office

Thursday, January 11, 2018

City Hall: Boston receives $26.3 million HUD grant for homelessness

BOSTON - Thursday, January 11, 2018 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced today that the City of Boston has received more than $26.3 million in federal funding in support of Boston's homelessness programs. Boston was awarded the funding as the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the results of its annual McKinney Homeless Continuum of Care funding competition, which awarded $2 billion in grants nationally.

"Having weathered record-breaking cold weather these past few weeks, we are reminded just how critical these funds are to our work on the issue of homelessness," said Mayor Walsh. "We have made significant progress in so many areas, but our work is not done. These funds from HUD are critical to continuing this work, and I want to thank HUD and the entire Massachusetts delegation for their continued support on this issue."

"This funding is critical to local Massachusetts programs that are on the front lines of helping those who might otherwise be living on our streets," said David Tille, HUD New England Regional Administrator. "Investments in these programs that find a stable home for our homeless neighbors not only saves money but quite literally saves lives."

The HUD funding will be applied to programs that support Boston's Way Home, the City's plan to end chronic and veteran homelessness. Through the efforts of Boston's Way Home, Boston has ended chronic veteran homelessness, and has housed nearly 1,300 formerly homeless people.

The programs funded cover a range of services and supports, including housing search, the creation of housing for chronically homeless people, rapid re-housing funds, and stabilization services to allow newly housed chronically homeless individuals to receive the supports they need to succeed.  

During Mayor Walsh's inauguration earlier this month, he announced the launch of Boston's Way Home Fund, which has a goal of raising over $10 million over the course of four years to create 200 new units of supportive, sustainable, long-term housing for chronically homeless men and women.

The Continuum of Care is a federal program designed to end homelessness by supporting community-wide systems of care, providing funding not only to state and local partners, but also to nonprofit providers who are part of the Continuum. This approach creates a more strategic use of resources, while improving coordination and integration between programs. It has also been found to improve data collection and performance measurement; and has the benefit of allowing communities to tailor programs to the particular resources, organizations, and challenges of that community.

The application for the 2017 Continuum of Care competition was submitted by the Supportive Housing Division of the City of Boston's Department of Neighborhood Development, in partnership with all of the organizations that make up Boston's Continuum of Care. The application consisted of hundreds of data points and narratives about Boston's system and programs, along with 41 individual project applications to support thousands of the most vulnerable Bostonians on a path to permanent, sustainable supportive housing. In 2016, Boston was awarded over $24 million in HUD grants, and in 2015 Boston was awarded over $23 million in funding.

Organizations funded include Bay Cove, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Casa Myrna, FamilyAid, Heading Home, HomeStart, Kit Clark Senior Services, Project Home, Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance, Metro Housing Boston, New England Center and Home for Veterans, Pine Street Inn, St. Francis House, and Victory Programs.

For more information on Boston's plan to end homelessness in Boston, please visit here.

ART BASIL: a cutting-edge group show at Atlantic Works Gallery on Border Street

ART BASIL: a cutting-edge group show at Atlantic Works Gallery
January 12-27, 2018
Opening Reception, Thursday, January 18, 6-9pm

(EAST BOSTON, January 3, 2018) Atlantic Works Gallery has a history of staging offbeat group shows to satisfy the personalities and talents of our eclectic artist members..., this past summer, when one of our members climbed up a ladder to get basil from his rooftop garden only to fall off the ladder and bust his face up but good, we joked that the portrait he took of himself after returning from the hospital should be titled, Art Basil.

And then it hit us--our first 2018 group show must be Art Basil! What better way to play off the whole ART BASEL thing and its attendant hoopla and, at the same time, challenge ourselves to create amazing new work for the new year.

Another of our extraordinary members had the idea for an Art Basil cookbook that showcases AWG art and basil recipes, which we promptly got to work on. It is available at the gallery.

Now you have it: an invitation to the ART BASIL show, featuring ‘a garden of work’ that includes color-on-canvas by Carmen Sasso, suicide monoprints by Christine Palamidessi, an off-beat sculpture by Rachel Shatil, quivering mandalas by Marjorie Kaye, creepy digital-refuse insects by Leigh Hall, remarkable Paul Wiener photographs...and more tantalizing--and may we say it: delicious--art.

(While you are here you can check out the remarkable transformation happening on the East Boston Waterfront, too, of which AWG is prime art player.)

FOR MORE INFO, or to request an Art Basil cookbook or a private viewing, contact Anna Salmeron at or 617.913.1871, or Christine Palamidessi at or 617.460.0550.

Winter Gallery hours: Fridays and Saturdays 2-6pm, or by appointment*