Community News Briefs

March 10, 2018


On Thursday, March 8, the City of Boston will host an open forum for community members in East Boston to engage in discussions around the future of the Community Preservation Act (CPA) as it is implemented in neighborhoods throughout Boston.

The new $20 million fund, established as a result of passage of the Community Preservation Act in 2016, will support historic preservation, affordable housing, open space and recreation across the city.

In July 2017, Mayor Walsh announced the selection of Christine Poff to serve as the Director of the Community Preservation Committee, which aims to shape the future of investments in Boston’s neighborhoods with funds contributed through the Community Preservation Act (CPA).

This event is being hosted by City Councilor Lydia Edwards, State Senator Joseph Boncore, and State Representative Adrian Madaro.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 8, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: East Boston High School, 86 White St, East Boston

For more information and to stay up-to-date on CPA in Boston, please visit:


East Boston Branch Library

Check out What’s Happening at the East Boston Branch Library

Karaoke Coding for Teens

Wednesday, March 7th at 5 p.m.

Join us in celebration of Teen Tech Week as the Rhode Island Computer Museum leads us in a coding workshop that uses portable mics and free coding software. Teens will use drag-and-drop “code blocks” and create interactive stories, animations, and sounds. By the end of the session, teens will have learned how to make their very own beat box.

Ready, Set, Start Your Seeds!

Saturday, March 10th from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Join Eastie Farm and the Bremen Street Community Garden to get ready for growing season. Plant seeds from our seed library, including leafy greens, veggies, and herbs. Take home your very own mini tray of good green growing things!

For all ages!

Amulet and Good Luck Charm Workshop

Wednesday, March 14th at 3:30 p.m.

We will be creating small wearable bags of amulets and good luck charms.  Materials will be provided.  However, if you have a special trinket or charm of your own, bring it along and we can help you incorporate it into a wearable piece.  You are also welcome to add small notes of intention or inspirational quotes.

For ages 6 and up

Let Freedom Ring! Music and Poetry of Black History

Thursday, March 15th at 6 p.m.

Bright Star Theater presents a powerful production that takes every audience member on a journey through African American history and culture. Follow the journey from Africa through slavery to the Civil Rights Movement and the powerful voices of today’s leaders.

Hear Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Maya Angelou, and more.

Family Story Time – This weekly story time features books, songs, and movement. Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. (runs through May 24. No story time on May 10). For ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult.

Baby Lapsit – Join us for bounces, rhymes, stories and activities. Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. (runs through May 25). For children under 2 accompanied by an adult.

Countdown to Kindergarten Playgroup

Fridays at 10 a.m.

For children 1-5 years of age.Moms, dads, grandparents and other caregivers are welcome!

Children will start to build on their school readiness skills.Para niños de 1 hasta 5 años.

¡Damos la bienvenida a los padres, los abuelos y otros adultos que cuiden a los niños!

¡Los niños comienzan a desarrollar sus habilidades de preparación para la escuela!

Need Homework Help?

Come to the library’s free homework help program.

High school students help children in grades K – 8,

Monday through Thursday from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

A Boston Public School teacher provides homework help on Mondays and Thursdays from 4 – 6 p.m.

No registration is necessary.

Drop-In Tech Help for Adults & Seniors

Mondays from 1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Tech confusion? We can help!

If you have questions about a laptop, Chromebook, Android or iPad tablet, Kindles and eBook readers, iPods, or about smartphones of all sorts, drop by with your fully-charged device and we can help you learn a new technique or trick to get your tech device working for YOU!

Yu-Gi-Oh Club -meets every Saturday from 1:30-3:30.

English Conversation Groups Mondays at 6:30 and Tuesdays at 1 p.m.

Come practice speaking English with our conversation group.  It meets  meet on Mondays.These groups are free and open to the public.  No registration needed.

Monday Night Knit-in at the East Boston Branch Library

First Monday of the month at 6 p.m.

Unwind with your knitting at this monthly drop-in knitting session. Join us to meet new people, share ideas, get tips, learn from each other and have fun! Bring a project to work on. All skill levels welcome.

USCIS Information Session at the East Boston Branch Library

Thursday, March 22nd from 3-6

In this drop-in session, a USCIS (Citizenship and Immigration) officer will answer questions about immigration issues, including:

An Officer will provide information and answer your questions about: • Naturalization and Citizenship • Permanent residency •Immigration benefits •Avoiding immigration scams • Finding low-cost and safe legal advice NOTE: Staff will not address case specific inquiries. If you need case-specific information, call USCIS Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 or visit your local USCIS office.

ESL Intermediate English Classss

Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. -3:00 p.m.

This is an adult ESL Intermediate English class for people with some English experience. Registration is required. To register and for more information, please visit us, call 617.859.2446, or email

Classes are free.

For information any of these programs, call or come in to the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen Street, (617) 560-0271.


JPNA Monthly Meeting set for March 12

JPNA Monthly Meeting Agenda

Monday, March 12th @ 7pm

Jeffries Yacht Club

565 Sumner Street

Agenda (Subject to Change):

Police Updates – Sergeant Martin, Officer Simon

Massport Updates, Conrac Building – Jay Ruggiero, Massport Community Liaison.

Boston Planning and Development Agency – Community introduction and discussion of the BPDA’s role in community planning and development. Jared Staley, Kristina Ricco.

Suffolk Downs Redevelopment Project – Update on redevelopment plans. HYM, project developer.

228 Webster Street – Proposal to rehabilitate existing building and construct new addition to increase occupancy from 3 to 5 residential units. Attorney Richard Lynds. VOTE

120 Everett Street – Proposal to update basement living space. Owner Dan Crupi. VOTE


Boston Public Library’s free homework help underway

Boston Public Library’s free Homework Help program began and runs through May 24, 2018, offering free afterschool help and mentorship provided by high-achieving high school students at most BPL locations across the city. The program, offered Monday through Thursday from 3:30 -5:30 p.m. is open to students in grades K-8; no registration required. Boston Teacher’s Union (BTU) tutors are also available during select weekdays from 4-6 p.m. for students in grades K-12. Visit for complete information. Most homework help mentors and program participants are Boston Public Schools students, though it is open to all, and BTU tutors are either current or retired Boston Public Schools teachers.


Friends of the East Boston Library meeting March 8

The next meeting of The Friends of the East Boston Library is Thursday, March 8th; 6:30p.m. at the branch library.  Please attend and help us plan the spring fund raising event!


Tech goes home

Tech Goes Home is a computer based program with the goal of ensure that all low-come residents of Greater Boston are equipped with the tools, training, and access to support 21st  Century skills development. The TGH program offers resident the ability to improve their quality of life as new member of the online community.

What’s included for Boston residents?

  • 15 Hours of Computer training
  • A web based curriculum designed to help you access resources throughout the internet.
  • The option to purchase a brand new computer for just $50
  • Help accessing significantly discounted high-speed internet for qualified participants

If you interested in participating or have any questions,Speak to a staff at ABCD East Boston APAC or Call 617-567-8857



The class will be held at Robert DeLeo Senior Center, 35 Harvard Street Winthrop  for residents age 55 and above.

Whether you have Italian ancestry, or just want to learn one

of the world’s most beautiful languages, join us at  informal  and friendly

Italian language and culture classes.  Wednesday afternoons from 1 15 to  2 45 p.m.

For info call 617-846-8538

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