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