–By John Lynds
Next week, East Boston’s Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH) will pay tribute to longtime residents and activists who have given much of their lives to the betterment of the community through their support of Trinity House programs.
On June 22 at 5 p.m. at the Trinity House on Meridian Street, NOAH will honor Mayor Thomas Menino, Fran Riley and Evelyn Morash as Trinity Treasures for their dedicated service to Eastie. NOAH will also honor Edie DeAngelis, Judge Joseph Ferrino, Mary Cahalane, Grace Flynn, Joey Cuzzi, Rick Dimino and other local leaders at the event.
Along with current Eastie and former Eastie residents, NOAH has also chosen to honor Mayor Thomas Menino as a Trinity Treasure because of his commitment of nearly $1 million in funds over the past decade to preserve Trinity as a Historic Landmark and a beautiful home for low-income individuals.
The Trinity Treasure’s event is meant to commemorate the beautiful 165-year-old Greek-Revival landmark–the Trinity House. The event also serves to recognizing those who created, lived and inspired the programs at the Trinity House as well as the beliefs, standards, ideals and values which stirred people to action decades ago.
Mayor Thomas Menino
Over his tenure, through thick and thin, Mayor Thomas Menino has consistently invested in affordable housing for low-income and working families, helping to stabilize Boston neighborhoods. He has also worked for the historic preservation of notable properties throughout the City, buildings that help define the community through their historic and cultural significance and that are important to the very fabric of their neighborhoods. NOAH was able to finance and entirely renovate the fire-damaged Trinity House property in 1993.
Fran Riley, a mother, long-time youth activist and participant at Trinity House has said that for decades, Trinity Neighborhood House was the best thing to embrace the families in East Boston.
“Thanks to NOAH for saluting our tradition of Young Adults and Leadership. It truly celebrates Trinity Neighborhood House and the Family values it held to heart for generations. We need to celebrate those values and remember the people who made this community so great,” said Riley.
Evelyn Morash, a mother who sent her children to Trinity and a long-time activist on school issues said East Boston can afford to forget the history or the value of Trinity House.
“Today we have a lot of great programs in East Boston, but Trinity set the example for great social, recreational, educational and cultural programs long before our taxes supported gyms, community schools, outdoor camps,” she said. “I know we cannot go back to the old days, but we can reach back to the old ways and remember what Trinity brought us.”
For example, Morash said, leadership development, participation, taking care of each other, community involvement and fun are all things that Trinity has bestowed upon her family.
“My children went there from nursery school, through teenage programs and to summer camp programs,” she said. “At camps, they made friends from all over the Boston area. We all made a lot of friends who then went out and made life better for the neighborhood.”