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Menino’s Budget Targets Capital Spending for Eastie

April 17, 2013
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Last week Mayor Thomas Menino submitted his Fiscal Year 2014 budget that includes capital spending in East Boston. The spending in Eastie is part of Menino’s $2.6 billion Operating Budget for FY2014 and five year $1.8 billion Capital Plan, including $196 million in new FY 2014 project authorizations. “This year’s budget invests in our...

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Doggy Day Care Coming to Sumner St.

April 10, 2013
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Doggy Day Care Coming to Sumner St.

East Boston dog walker Jill Annesse received widespread support at Monday’s Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association meeting for her plan to open a doggy day care on Sumner Street. With a growing population of young working professionals in the Jeffries Point neighborhood, Annesse said she has seen a growing need for a doggy day care...

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ZBA Approves Housing Units on Chelsea St.

April 10, 2013
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On Tuesday, the Boston Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) approved a project to add 24 market-rate housing units to Chelsea Street on the site of the 2011 building collapse that forced the subsequent demolition of several buildings on the street. The project being financed entirely by private investment will construct a total of six...

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Don Orione Home Donates Beds to IMEC

April 10, 2013
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When the Jewish Rehabilitation Center (JRC) in Peabody closed in January, the Don Orione Nursing Home in East Boston received the center’s electronic beds and other furniture to replace the nursing home’s manual beds. This left Anthony Cerasuolo, owner of Orient Heights Senior Living, the management company of Don Orione, wondering what to do...

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JPNA Members Hear About Silver Line

April 10, 2013
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MBTA Project Manager Scott Hamwey was at Monday night’s Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association meeting to brief residents on the proposed plan to bring direct Silver Line service to East Boston. “We are not looking to change the existing route but add a new route that would connect the Silver Line at Airport Station to...

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Dispute Arises over How to Show King Paintings

April 4, 2013
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The East Boston Friends of the Library (FOL) has launched a campaign to block the Boston Public Library’s efforts to split up a series of historic paintings that have hung in the Meridian Street branch for decades. The group of paintings, titled “A History of Shipping” by Frederick Leonard King was a Works Progress...

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Local Reaction to Menino Stepping Down

April 4, 2013
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The night before Mayor Thomas Menino announced he would not seek an unprecedented sixth term as Mayor of Boston, I received a phone call from Menino’s close friend and political ally, Senator Anthony Petruccelli. “I’m shocked,” he said of the impending announcement. “This is the man I credit with helping launch my political career....

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Armed Robbery Turns out to Be No Hoax Here

April 4, 2013
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What a store clerk thought was a prank by friends turned out to be a serious armed robbery Saturday afternoon. On Saturday at 2:30 p.m., police responded to 11 Bennington St. for an armed robbery. When police arrived at Pericola’s Gift Shop and Jewelry Store, they found a shaken store clerk who told officers...

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Eastie Landmark Lights the Skies Again

April 1, 2013
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Eastie Landmark Lights the Skies Again

Recently, East Boston resident John Zirpolo was driving by the iconic Cross that sits on the western slope of Orient Heights hill. For decades the Cross was an Eastie landmark beckoning motorists below to visit the historic Madonna Shrine on Orient Avenue. For Eastie residents it was a navigation point when giving directions to...

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Massport Appoints Community Liason

April 1, 2013
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Massport Appoints Community Liason

In the love-hate relationship between East Boston and Massport, the Port Authority s community relations department has been the whipping boy and has long borne the brunt of community angst and distrust. In 1987, Massport s Tom Butler emerged as a likeable fixture at community meeting with the uncanny ability to disarm a crowd...

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