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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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Local Court Ready For ‘Mock Trial’

April 1, 2013
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Beginning in April the East Boston District Court will kick off a month long program with local schools from Eastie and Winthrop that will culminate in the annual Mock Trial and Law Day celebration on May 1. All grades from grades K1 to 12th grade from schools in East Boston and Winthrop will be involved...

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Petraglia, New Community Liason

March 22, 2013
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Petraglia, New Community Liason

Just two weeks on the job and Corinne Petraglia has already got a heavy dose of what it’s like to be Mayor Thomas Menino’s East Boston liaison—a job where you are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “I started two weeks ago and there has already been a fire, a...

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Logan Health Study Due out In the Spring

March 22, 2013
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It was his first piece of legislation back when he was a young state representative, now Senator Anthony Petruccelli is excited that the state’s comprehensive study on the health of residents surrounding Logan Airport–in particular residents living in East Boston—will be released this spring. For the first time a sophisticated study by the Massachusetts...

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Satellite Companies Poised to Block City Ordinance

March 22, 2013
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As expected, the satellite dish companies are planning to file a lawsuit to block City Councilor Sal LaMattina and the City Council’s attempt to regulate how satellite dishes are installed in neighborhoods like East Boston. LaMattina made the announcement at a recent community meeting. The proposed ordinance would have focused on the installation, maintenance,...

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