Monthly Archives: August 2012

Suffolk Downs Files for State Commercial Gaming Licenses

August 15, 2012
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Suffolk Downs made it official last week and formally declared its intent to compete for one of Massachusetts’ commercial gaming licenses by filing the state’s form and submitting the required non-refundable $400,000 fee with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. “We begin this formal part of earning a license to develop a world-class destination resort at...

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Ethanol Trains Stopped by Bill

August 15, 2012
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Governor Deval Patrick signed a transportation bill last week that gave approval to an amendment offered by Senator Anthony Petruccelli that stops train delivery of ethanol through a number of cities and towns, which includes East Boston. Instead, the bill orders that further studies be made of the efficacy of transporting 1.7 million gallons...

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Suffolk Downs Applies for Casino License

August 15, 2012
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Last week, Suffolk Downs president Chip Tuttle delivered a $400,000 check made out ot the State Gaming Commission, Suffolk Down’s required fee, and a non-returnable one at that, while at the same time filing a letter of intent saying they will formally apply for a casino license. Richard Fields, the owner of Suffolk Downs,...

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Governor Quashes Ethanol Delivery Trains; Petruccelli Motion the Difference

August 15, 2012
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East Boston residents have Governor Deval Patrick and Senator Anthony Petruccelli to thank for putting the kibosh on ethanol delivery through this neighborhood by rail once a week. The plan to use trains to transport 1.7 billion gallons of the highly flammable fuel through Revere to a depot here met its end last week...

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Obituaries 08-15-2012

August 15, 2012
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Charles ‘Chickie’ Femia Of Swampscott, formerly of Lynn Charles S. “Chickie” Femia of Swampscott, formerly of Lynn, died on August 11. He was the husband of Jane Ellingwood Femia; father of Charles S. Femia Jr. and his wife, Diane of Derry, NH, and the late Jayne Femia; grandfather of David and Daniel Femia, both...

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What’s Next for the Boston East Site?

August 8, 2012
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What’s Next for the Boston East Site?

A small section of Border Street next to McDonald’s is all that remains of East Boston maritime history—a place that gave birth to majestic era of Clipperships. Now, a rusted wrought-iron fence, crumbling brick columns and old docks are all one sees there. But beyond the fence, rotting pier pilings and unkempt landscape are...

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Jeffries Point Volunteer Clean Up in Action

August 8, 2012
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Jeffries Point Volunteer Clean Up in Action

Jordan Roff moved into the neighborhood of Jeffries Point a little over a year ago and immediately noticed a very solvable problem, Roff, 31, and a student said he was shocked at the amount of trash and litter on his new street so this summer he decided to act. “I saw a need for...

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Teens Clean Up Belle Isle Marsh

August 8, 2012
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Teens Clean Up Belle Isle Marsh

Boston Natural Areas Network’s Youth Conservation Corps is at it again and has spent the past few weeks restoring a portion of the Belle Isle Marsh behind the Boston Casket Company. The Corps’ work has included minor landscaping of paths and walkways, mowing grass areas, laying mulch, and, above all, identifying and removing invasive...

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New Street Waterfront Meeting Canceled, Future of Project is Uncertain

August 8, 2012
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A Boston Redevelopment Authority sponsored meeting concerning the New Street waterfront project was abruptly canceled last week–adding to growing frustration that development along East Boston’s shores is again stalling. The meeting was scheduled for Thursday, August 2 but at the last minute the developer, New Street Reality Trust pulled out of the meeting offering...

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Funding for Ferry Service Arrives in East Boston

August 8, 2012
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“Not only am I a believer I’m an apostle,” said Boston Redevelopment Authority head Peter Meade sitting in his office Tuesday when asked if he was a believer in the future of East Boston’s waterfront. “But the biggest champion is Mayor (Thomas) Menino and no one is more frustrated over the lack of progress...

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