Monthly Archives: July 2017

Garlic Festival

July 28, 2017
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Garlic Festival

Mariam Hamtini playing with a pinwheel in the Eastie Farms garden on Sumner Street last Saturday, July 22, during the annual Garlic Festival at the Farm. The former abandoned lot has turned into a haven for volunteers to cultivate plants and produce – much of which goes to soup kitchens in the area and...

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OHNC Votes Down Large Saratoga St Project

July 28, 2017
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OHNC Votes Down Large Saratoga St Project

By John Lynds In many ways Orient Heights has been viewed as a suburb within East Boston. It’s mix of one-and-two-family homes, large backyards and driveways set the neighborhood apart from the more urban parts of Eastie like Jeffries Point and Eagle Hill. So it’s no surprise Orient Heights residents, specifically those who are...

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Summer Learning Comes to Harborside Community Center

July 28, 2017
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Summer Learning Comes to Harborside Community Center

By John Lynds According to Boston After School and Beyond studies (BAS&B), research shows that up to two-thirds of the achievement gap between low-income students and their higher-income peers can be explained by unequal access to summer opportunities. Recognizing this issue, BAS&B has teamed up with Boston Public Schools and community based providers to...

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Rep Madaro Appointed as Co-Chair of Italian Caucus

July 28, 2017
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By John Lynds Growing up in East Boston in the 1990s, Rep. Adrian Madaro was exposed at a very early age to the proud Italian traditions celebrated throughout the neighborhood. While Eastie’s unique restaurants, annual Italian cultural celebrations and family members had a profound impact on  Madaro’s identity as an Italian American growing up...

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Residents Disappointed Eastie Not Included in Boston’s Slow Streets Program

July 28, 2017
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By John Lynds Late last week, the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) announced the list of neighborhoods that will be included in the city’s Slow Streets program. Out of 47 neighborhoods from across the city that applied to in the program, the city only picked five neighborhoods–news that was disappointing to two Eastie community groups...

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Imagine Boston 2030

July 28, 2017
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh “We will listen. We will learn. We will lead.” That is a promise that I made to Bostonians after being sworn in as the 54th Mayor of the City of Boston. Now, almost four years later, we have put forth Boston’s first citywide plan in over 50 years —...

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Letter to the Editor

July 28, 2017
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EXCITING PROPOSALS Dear Editor: The new owners of Suffolk Downs, HYM Investment Group, have an exciting proposal to transform their approximate 160 acres of land in East Boston and Revere. HYM representatives have met with various community members and groups touting the benefits of their proposal for job creation, housing, and open space. At...

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Outstanding Appointment

July 28, 2017
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We wish to take this opportunity to congratulate State Rep. Adrian Madaro for his recent appointment by House Speaker Bob DeLeo as House co-chair of the newly created Italian Caucus of the Massachusetts legislature. The establishment of the Italian Caucus comes at the urging of the Italian Consul General to Massachusetts, Nicola de Santis, who foresees the caucus as...

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Sports 07-26-2017

July 28, 2017
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Blue Jays reign in Senior League Festa twins, C.J. Cassaro spark team to title By Cary Shuman The Blue Jays are the champions of the East Boston Little League Senior League as a result of a potent combination of hitting, bunting, pitching, and defense. Manager Chucky Cassaro’s rallied to defeat the Pirates, 14-10, in...

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Obituaries 07-26-2017

July 28, 2017
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Rocco “Rocky” Schirripa Former owner of Meridean Market Rocco “Rocky” Schirripa of Peabody, formerly of East Boston, died on Monday, July 24 at the age of 80. Rocco was born in Marina Gioiosa Ionica, Italy, on Aug. 21, 1936, to Salvatore Schirripa and Maria Catherine Totino. He was the former co-owner of Meridian Market...

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