Monthly Archives: December 2015

Mary Ellen Welch, Woman of the Year

December 31, 2015
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Mary Ellen Welch, Woman of the Year

For more than a half century East Boston’s Mary Ellen Welch has been the steward of social, political and environmental activism in the neighborhood. Welch, a longtime community activist and educator, has sought to house the poor, improve the air quality in Eastie and helped bring a neighborhood with the least amount of open...

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Senator Anthony Petruccelli, Man of the Year

December 31, 2015
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Senator Anthony Petruccelli, Man of the Year

When Senator Anthony Petruccelli announced he would resign from office in January sent a shock wave through East Boston as the community felt they were losing a very effective political leader and advocate on Beacon Hill. For 17 years Petruccelli represented the community, first as a State Representative and later as a State Senator,...

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Three Arraigned in Connection with Christmas Day Break-In

December 31, 2015
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Lawyers for the three Lynn men charged with a home invasion on Christmas Day on Saratoga Street in East Boston are claiming the whole thing was a misunderstanding and one of the defendants was simply trying to retrieve a cell phone that he had left behind at the residence. Francisco Ramirez, 33, Jose Ventura,...

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Year in Review:A Look at the People and Events of 2015

December 31, 2015
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On Thursday night the final seconds of 2015 will tick away and East Boston residents will join the world community and look to a new year with optimism and hope. In this small community the year was filled with stories of triumph, victory, success, tragedy and adversity. This year marked a significant period of...

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Letter to the Editor

December 31, 2015
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Thank you NOAH To the editor,     Recently, attending the 28th annual dinner for the Neighborhood Of Affordable Housing (NOAH), I found out that in the last three months, over 143 folks who went through the organization’s first time home buyers programs are now new homeowners. I also was informed once again about the...

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Enjoy the New Year Safely

December 31, 2015
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“If this is the last, let’s make it a blast!” all too often is the thought of party-goers on New Year’s Eve as we usher out the old year and ring in the new. But New Year’s Eve is a day just like any other — by which we mean that too much “partying”...

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A New Year’s Resolution: Let Go of Our Anxiety

December 31, 2015
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The intersection of the coming of a New Year and the passing of the previous one offers all of us the opportunity to pause and reflect upon both what has transpired and what awaits us. The opening lines of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem, Ring Out, Wild Bells, sums up what we all feel at...

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Obituaries 12-30-2015

December 31, 2015
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Christopher Rudolph Zarba, Sr. Gifted composer, pianist and music educator; first conductor of the Boston Ballet Orchestra; accomplished portrait and landscape painter; lost son on 9/11 Christopher Rudolph Zarba, Sr. of Winthrop, previously of Medford and East Boston, passed away peacefully at home on December 21 at age 92 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease....

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Merry Christmas from Santa and the Kiwanis

December 24, 2015
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Merry Christmas from Santa and the Kiwanis

On Monday, December 21 the students at the Patrick J. Kennedy Elementary School on Saratoga Street got a special visit from Santa Claus, courtesy of the East Boston Kiwanis Club. The Kiwanis have had a longstanding relationship with the Kennedy School and have run programs there like the Reading Buddy program. Santa handed out...

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Veteran,Don Tabbut Visits Guild Students

December 24, 2015
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Veteran,Don Tabbut Visits Guild Students

Story and photo by Marianne Salza Although it has been more than seven decades since the surprise Japanese strike on American soil at Pearl Harbor, World War II Navy veteran Don Tabbut still vividly remembers the devastating attack. On Dec. 4, Tabbut shared his story about the Dec. 7, 1941 raid to Curtis Guild...

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