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John Festa Passes Away Suddenly at 67

February 9, 2012
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John Festa Passes Away Suddenly at 67

John Festa, a man who dedicated his life to helping addicts in East Boston and the surrounding communities stay sober died suddenly at home on Wednesday, February 2. Festa, affectionately known as Johnny Boy, was convicted in the early 1970s on a drug-related manslaughter charge but was able to turn his life around after...

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Massport Spokesperson Richards Dies

February 9, 2012
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In East Boston, where a development project by Massport historically brings a bit of controversy, Lowell Richards was know even among staunch Port Authority critics as a man that carried himself with dignity and had respect for the opinion of the community. Richards, who served as Massport’s Chief Development Officer for the last 13...

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Hotel Developer Buys Land Near Potential Casino Site

February 1, 2012
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Hotel Developer Buys Land Near Potential Casino Site

With the possibility of a resort-style casino coming to East Boston a Fall River based developer has purchased a large swath of land on McClellan Highway less than a mile from Suffolk Downs. First Bristol Corp., known for the development of Hotels and high-end residential units in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut recently purchased...

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Councilor to Register: Lamattina Weighing Run for Register of Probate and Family Court

February 1, 2012
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Councilor to Register: Lamattina Weighing Run for Register of Probate and Family Court

City Councilor Sal LaMattina is seriously considering leaving his post as Ward I City Councilor to run for Register of Suffolk County’s Probate and Family Court seat vacated by Richard Ianella. LaMattina, a life-long resident of East Boston, was first elected to the Council in 2006 and serves as the Council’s Vice-President. LaMattina met...

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Eastie Rents Just Keep Going Up, Up and Up

January 19, 2012
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Eastie Rents Just Keep Going Up, Up and Up

East Boston has arrived according to a San Francisco based marketing company for rental brokers and landlords. A recent study of the rental market in Eastie by RentJuice has shown that the neighborhood’s asking rent soared nearly 14 percent last month making it one of the largest rental spikes in the city and Greater...

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Children Learning to Help Others; Donating Their Toys and Clothes

January 19, 2012
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Children Learning to Help Others; Donating Their Toys and Clothes

Children from the East Boston YMCA’s Toddler/Pre-School Program are learning early about the importance of helping others in need by parting with some of their toys. Recently, the children at the Y donated their own barely used toys and warm clothing to “Cradles to Crayons”—a  nonprofit in Brighton that provides disadvantaged children with items...

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Eastie Loses a True Activist and Supporter

January 19, 2012
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Eastie Loses a True Activist and Supporter

Nicholas Joseph Moscaritolo, the smiling face behind the bar at the landmark East Boston restaurant Barney’s for nearly 70 years, died on Saturday, January 14 at the Kaplan Hospice House in Danvers following a brief illness. He was 91. “He had a great life and did everything he wanted to do,” said son Pat...

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Breathing Made Easier: LaMattina, Arroyo Seek to Make Air Filled with Less Polluting Emissions

January 11, 2012
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Construction is an part of life in the big city but City Councilors Sal LaMattina and Felix Arroyo think the polluting emissions from construction vehicles don’t have to be part of life in East Boston. As part of the duo’s City Council Committee on Asthma, LaMattina and Arroyo held a hearing to discuss clean...

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New Street Developer Might Sell Property

January 4, 2012
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Word on the street is that the developers of a waterfront parcel on New Street in East Boston are looking to sell the property that would add 224 waterfront units to the neighborhood. According to sources, New Street Realty Trust has a potential buyer but there may be a snag because the potential buyer...

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Eastie Basketball Topples Rival Charlestown 68-58

December 28, 2011
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The East Boston High School boy’s basketball team improved to 3-1 on the season with a 68-58 victory over league rival Charlestown last Tuesday night in Eastie. The Jets will next face Latin Academy (2-2) on Thursday, January 26 in a Boston City North challenge. Eastie’s Zach Gattereau scored 24 points off the bench...

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