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From the Top Down – Decorated Officer Convicted of Fraud

March 3, 2011
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By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com   He was picked as America’s Top Cop, was a candidate for Ward I City Council and the 2005 East Boston Times Man of the Year, but now Boston Police Detective Eliezer Gonzalez can add a criminal conviction to his list of achievements.   Gonzalez 48, of East Boston plead...

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Wall Street Pioneer Bernard Beal Visits Young Business Students

February 23, 2011
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Wall Street Pioneer Bernard Beal Visits Young Business Students

-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com East Boston High School students participating in the school’s Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Foundation for Investor Education’s Stock Market game got a surprise visit last week from Wall Street pioneer Bernard B. Beal. Beal, the billion-dollar dealmaker and CEO of M. R. Beal & Company, was on...

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Permanent Collection – Historic Leonard King Paintings will be Incorporated into Design of New Building

February 23, 2011
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Permanent Collection – Historic Leonard King Paintings will be Incorporated into Design of New Building

-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com It’s good news for residents that were trying to keep the historic paintings that currently hang in the Meridian Street branch of the Boston Public Library in East Boston. It was announced this week that the painting by Frederick Leonard King would be incorporated into the design of the new...

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Excel Given the Go-ahead to Open Two more Charter Schools

February 23, 2011
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By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com The Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education has endorsed East Boston’s Excel Academy Charter School’s application for two new charter schools in Boston and Chelsea. Commissioner Mitchell Chester endorsed Excel’s plan late last week and it will need final approval from the Massachusetts Department of Education on February 28....

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Is Roseland Ready to Resume Work on Pier One?

February 23, 2011
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–By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com It’s been close to four years since East Boston has heard anything about the Portside at Pier I project. The property developer Roseland, property owner Massport and even elected officials have been tight lipped on a stalled project that was supposed to breath new life into the dilapidated waterfront and...

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Grand Gesture – Project Bread Worker Returns Dough to Owner

February 16, 2011
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Grand Gesture – Project Bread Worker Returns Dough to Owner

john@eastietimes.com Let’s be honest. Most of us would have pocketed $2,000 in cash if we found it laying in a snowbank and no one else was around. But East Boston resident Ryan Lee did the exact opposite when faced with the scenario mentioned above. Two weeks ago Lee, an Eastie resident and employee at...

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Global Reach – East Bostonian’s Writings are an Inspiration to the Egyptian Cause

February 16, 2011
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Global Reach – East Bostonian’s Writings are an Inspiration to the Egyptian Cause

john@eastietimes.com Some said it was the ‘people power’ protests in Tunisia that set it off, others claim it was Facebook that made it easy for protesters to rally an entire country against Hosni Mubarak. But there is one thing for certain, the writings of one humble East Bostonian has shaped the future of Egypt...

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In this Case, ‘Almost’ is Good Enough

February 16, 2011
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In this Case, ‘Almost’ is Good Enough

-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com East Boston has always been known for its cuisine and now it’s producing some talented chefs. One of those Eastie chefs has just won the top prize during the New England Regional S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef competition. Last week, Cambridge School of Culinary Arts student and Eastie resident, Anthony Messina,...

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Take a Deep Breath … Balloon City Preps for a Busy Holiday

February 10, 2011
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Take a Deep Breath …  Balloon City Preps for a Busy Holiday

-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com Everyone sends flowers for Valentine’s Day so why not be different and send a balloon? This is the question the owner of Balloon City on Bennington Street in Orient Heights is asking. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Christine Yannetty Bernstein, who has successfully run the popular balloon and...

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Jerry Zullo, Self-made Businessman, Fixture in Neighborhood

February 10, 2011
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Jerry Zullo, Self-made Businessman, Fixture in Neighborhood

-By John Lynds john@eastietimes.com Jerry Zullo, a longtime businessman who owned several restaurants in East Boston for nearly a half a century, died on Saturday, February 5 following complication from pneumonia at the Kaplan Family Hospice in Danvers. Mr. Zullo was born and raised in Chelsea and attended schools there until the eighth grade. Mr....

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