Monthly Archives: September 2014

Future of Suffolk Downs Site

September 29, 2014
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With the 79-year-old historic thoroughbred race track poised to close at the end of the year there remains one big uncertainty–what will the former track be developed into. During the course of touting a casino way back before Eastie residents rejected the Host Community Referendum 55 percent to 45 percent, Suffolk Downs had to...

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Letter to the Editor

September 29, 2014
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Talking trash Dear Editor: This week I would like to talk some trash. First, I  have never seen the area around Day Square so clean until this summer when Bobby Diggins a friend of mine from South was assigned this area by public works. He deserves some credit for all work in keeping this...

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DOR Announces Tax Amnesty Program For Qualified Massachusetts Taxpayers

September 29, 2014
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The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR)  announced a two-month amnesty program designed to encourage the payment of delinquent taxes by individuals and businesses. The tax amnesty program was proposed by the Legislature and the language was included in the fiscal year 2015 budget signed by Governor Patrick in July. The amnesty program, which will...

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Obituaries 09-23-2014

September 29, 2014
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Joan Russo New England Telephone Retiree Joan G. (Connolly) Russo of East Boston passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital on September 18. She was 81 years old. Joan was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving during the mid 1950s. Prior to her retirement, she worked as a telephone operator for New...

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Joey Cuzzi Retires from ‘Y’ After Overseeing Expansion

September 29, 2014
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Joey Cuzzi Retires from ‘Y’ After Overseeing Expansion

At a time when most non-profits were doing some belt tightening due to the fiscal climate across the U.S., Executive Director of the East Boston YMCA Joey Cuzzi was expanding. If you asked Cuzzi why she would expand at a time when everyone else was downsizing she’d say there is a need and with...

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Eagle Hill Residents Seek Equity In Use of Logan Airport Runways

September 29, 2014
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Eagle Hill Residents Seek Equity  In Use of Logan Airport Runways

East Boston activists are asking Massport to be a partner in putting pressure on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ensure certain runways are being used as promised following numerous complaints over the summer from Eagle Hill residents. At last week’s Eagle Hill Civic Association meeting, residents raised the issue to Massport officials that...

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BRA Says Yes to New St. Project

September 29, 2014
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BRA Says Yes to New St. Project

Following a community meeting hosted by city officials to hear feedback about a proposed  East Boston waterfront development project last month–Gerding Edlen, a Portland, Oregon-based developer received Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approval for its project on New Street. Last week the BRA voted unanimously to approve the project that will redevelop an old industrial...

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MGC Gives Casino License to Wynn

September 20, 2014
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MGC Gives Casino License to Wynn

It came down to risky versus safe, and in the end the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) chose the riskier bet in awarding the Greater Boston resort casino license to Wynn Resorts on Tuesday afternoon. The vote ended up 3-1 to give it to Wynn, mostly based on jobs numbers and economic development benefits. Those...

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Suffolk Downs to Close as Result of MGC Decision

September 20, 2014
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Suffolk Downs to Close as Result of MGC Decision

East Boston voted against a cash windfall last November during the Host Community referendum and now with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission awarding the Boston-area gaming license to Wynn Everett on Tuesday–Eastie’s famed race track will close according to Suffolk Downs ownership. In a statement from Suffolk Downs COO Chip Tuttle he said the management...

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Development at Suffolk Downs

September 20, 2014
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The long-awaited decision from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) has come and Everett is the winner.  What seemed like an incredible long shot when Everett’s Mayor Carlo DeMaria announced that Steve Wynn was looking at a site in Everett back in December 2012 for a hotel-casino now is just a small step from reality....

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